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The Extravagant Love of Christ

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The last rays of light that will fall on this darkened earth just before the end comes will be a revelation of God’s character of love. This is Bible teaching:

 

That last “revelation” will obviously be the same as the light of that “another angel” who comes down from heaven having great power. The “earth is lightened with his glory” (Rev. 18:1, 2). It’s not legalism gone wild, nor soft-soap emotionalism; it’s love (agape).

 

That “glory” in turn will obviously be the same as the message Jesus describes in John 12:32, 33: “‘I, if I am lifted up, will draw all to Myself.’ This He said, signifying by what death He should die.” That “love” which will “reveal the character of God” must be the same love that “holds together,” “controls” and “compels,” or motivates the ones who believe in Jesus. They are moved henceforth to live only for Him, “no longer for themselves” (2 Cor. 5:14, 15. There is tremendous power locked away in that “love” known as agape. Jesus longs to put His character in every believer! John 3:16

 

Again, that revelation of love in the last days must be what Paul meant when he said that he “determined not to know anything among [the Corinthians] except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). That was not extremism; it was only a “reasonable service” that Paul saw as appropriate to the extravagant love Christ had shown for him  ( Rom. 12:1). It was agape, not ordinary human love. Paul saw what we have not yet seen clearly.

 

In these last days when sin and selfishness will become so rampant, the Lord Jesus will be honored by those who “follow the Lamb [the crucified, risen Christ] wherever He goes. … They are without fault before the throne of God” (cf, Rev, 14:1-5). Whoever they are, there WILL be such a people who will glorify Christ! We might eventually be surprised who will end up in that group; let’s walk humbly before Him.

God has done this to demonstrate his righteousness both by the wiping out of the sins of the past and by showing in the present time that he is a just God and that He justifies everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ.  Romans 3:26 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Jesus longs for you to come to Him so He can change you into His image and likeness thus  ready for Heaven!! 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2Corinthians 5:14-15,17,20, 1John 3:2

 

The Relinquished Life—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:7

 

 

 

 

 By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 8th

“I am crucified with Christ.”

Galatians 2:20

No one is ever united with Jesus Christ until he is willing to relinquish not sin only, but his whole way of looking at things. To be born from above of the Spirit of God means that we must let go before we lay hold, and in the first stages it is the relinquishing of all pretence. What Our Lord wants us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavour, but real solid sin; that is all He can take from us. And what does He give in exchange for our sin? Real solid righteousness. But we must relinquish all pretence of being any thing, all claim of being worthy of God’s consideration.

Then the Spirit of God will show us what further there is to relinquish. There will have to be the relinquishing of my claim to my right to myself in every phase. Am I willing to relinquish my hold on all I possess, my hold on my affections, and on everything, and to be identified with the death of Jesus Christ?

There is always a sharp painful disillusionment to go through before we do relinquish. When a man really sees himself as the Lord sees him, it is not the abominable sins of the flesh that shock him, but the awful nature of the pride of his own heart against Jesus Christ. When he sees himself in the light of the Lord, the shame and the horror and the desperate conviction come home.

If you are up against the question of relinquishing, go through the crisis, relinquish all, and God will make you fit for all that He requires of you.

Deserter Or Disciple?—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 By Oswald Chambers

Author of: “My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For December 29th

 

“From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.”

John 6:66

When God gives a vision by His Spirit through His word of what He wants, and your mind and soul thrill to it, if you do not walk in the light of that vision, you will sink into servitude to a point of view which Our Lord never had. Disobedience in mind to the heavenly vision will make you a slave to points of view that are alien to Jesus Christ. Do not look at someone else and say – Well, if he can have those views and prosper, why cannot I? You have to walk in the light of the vision that has been given to you and not compare yourself with others or judge them, that is between them and God. When you find that a point of view in which you have been delighting clashes with the heavenly vision and you debate, certain things will begin to develop in you – a sense of property and a sense of personal right, things of which Jesus Christ made nothing. He was always against these things as being the root of everything alien to Himself. “A man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things that he possesseth.” If we do not recognize this, it is because we are ignoring the undercurrent of Our Lord’s teaching.

We are apt to lie back and bask in the memory of the wonderful experience we have had. If there is one standard in the New Testament revealed by the light of God and you do not come up to it, and do not feel inclined to come up to it, that is the beginning of backsliding, because it means your conscience does not answer to the truth. You can never be the same after the unveiling of a truth. That moment marks you for going on as a more true disciple of Jesus Christ or for going back as a deserter.

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

God’s Character: Our Assurance Of Salvation

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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

God’s Character: Our Assurance

   God’s nature doesn’t necessitate His forgiveness of sin, as if that were His job.  Nor is forgiveness the suspension of God’s justice, as if His justice were severe and harsh.  Doubts about our eternal security are rooted in a misconception of God’s character—in our failure to grasp the wondrous blend of His justice and mercy, as revealed by God to Moses in Exodus 34:6,7.  It was this harmony of God’s attributes that Israel’s prophets and psalmists praised, as can be seen in Joel 2:13; Nehemiah 9:31; Jonah 4:2; Psalms 85:10, 86:15; 103:8; 145:8.   God intended that the society of His covenant people reflect His divine character by placing justice and mercy on equal terms (see Exodus. 22:25-27).

No psalm reflects more accurately the tension repentant believers feel about their standing before God than does Psalm 130:1-8 .  Here the psalmist cries “out of the depths” to the God of Israel.  And here he receives assurance:

 

If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?  But with

you there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared… O Israel, put your

hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full

redemption.  He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins. Psalms 130:3,4,7,8.

 

A troubled conscience can hear no greater assurance than these inspired words of comfort.  Many believers have divorced mercy from justice.  But in the biblical revelation of God’s nature—for example, in Exodus 34:6,7 and Psalm 85:10—“God’s love has been expressed in His justice no less than in His mercy.  Justice is the foundation of His throne, and the fruit of His love.”  This insight does not mean that mercy destroys justice; instead, it means that both are the fruits of God’s holy love.  Such a harmony of God’s attributes exceeds all human comprehension!  God doesn’t bestow His mercy on repentant sinners reluctantly but with delight and with “full redemption” Isa. 55:7,  Ps. 130:7.

 

Charles H. Spurgeon unfolds this mercy in its great variety:

“Here is mercy that receives sinners, mercy that restores backsliders, mercy that keeps believers.  Here is mercy that pardons sin, that introduces to the enjoyment of all gospel privileges, and that blesses the praying soul far beyond its expectations.  With the Lord there is mercy, and he loves to display it, he is ready to impart it, he has determined to exalt and to glorify it”.

 

Leslie C. Allen explains the basis of Christian assurance of salvation as follows; “For the Christian this grace is grounded not only in a heart of love but in its disclosure through the death of Jesus as the objective basis of divine deliverance.”  Jesus demonstrated this holy love and mercy of His Father in His own life and death.  He showed that God does not demand justice without mercy, or no one would be saved (see Ps. 143.2).  He assured every repentant believer that His self-sacrifice was an all-sufficient ransom for all humankind (Mark 10:45; 1 Tim. 2:6).

GOD IS LOVE ALL THE TIME!! 1 John 4:8,15,16

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Issues In The Final Crisis- Comprehending God’s Everlasting Love-2

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The Apostle Paul challenges us to Comprehend God’s Unfailing Love Ephesians 3:18!

 

I pray that this Bible Study will guide you into a rich comprehension of God and His Love for you!! Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 86:5,13,15

 

When the Everlasting Gospel is proclaimed to the entire world then the end will come and we will see Jesus!! Matthew 24:14, Revelation 22:4.

 

The everlasting Gospel is the creative power of God’s love to save every one of us!! Romans 1:16-17,20. Psalm 33: 6-9, 2Peter 3:9.

 

Think About It:

What is your view of God? What is your picture of Him?

1John 4:7-11,16

 

All of Jesus’ life was a demonstration of His love and a revelation of the character of God, His loving Father; that Father, full of love and compassion, is also our Father!    1John 4:8,16. All that Jesus did and still does for us flows through His Everlasting Love!!  Jeremiah 31:3, after all God Is Love!!

Think About It:

The one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that the Father has loved us even as He loves His Son Jesus! John 17:20-26.

 

 

Revelation 14:6-7. The final message to this world is full of hope and is absolutely astounding: That message is one of atonement/reconciliation 2Corinthains 5:18-20.

In the final crisis the central issue is worship! Who has my loyalties?

 

Think about it!

 

What is the significance of the word “consist” in Colossians 1:17 and the word “compels” NKJV “constrains” KJV in 2Corinthians 5:14?

 

God Is Love! 1John 4:8,16! It’s God’s love that holds us together! What does that mean to you?

 

Once again, the one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that the Father has loved us even as He loves His Son Jesus! John 17:20-26.

Think About It!

GOD’S LOVE IS ALWAYS OTHER CENTERED!!

1. God’s Love is Universal and other centered. He loves His entire Creation. John 3:16, 1Corinthains 13:5.

2. God’s Love is Personal. God knows me and desires an intimate relationship with me. He desires to save me so He can be with me! Thank God I don’t have to save myself!! Matthew 1:21, Jeremiah 31:3, Isaiah 49:14-16.

3. God’s Love is Pursuing. He actually allures us! Hosea 2:14-16,19-23, Ezekiel 16:1-14.

4. God’s Love is Changeless and Everlasting.  Jeremiah 31:3, God’s Love never changes, Malachi 3:6, Psalm 40:11.

5. God’s Love is non-condemning. John 3:16-17. God is greater than our heart  1John 3:20,4:4. Praise God that He knows everything about me and still loves me! In fact He loves deeply enough to die for me! His desire is to reconcile us and make us like Him. Reconciliation is the process that God uses to reestablish broken relationships. Reconciliation is to exchange hostility for a friendly relationship. We are not active in this process. This is the work of God alone in our behalf. That’s why it’s said we receive the reconciliation. Romans 5:11, 2Corinthains 5:14-21, 1John 3:2. Our part is to simply accept God’s free gift of reconciliation!! John 3:16, Romans 10:9.

6. God’s Love is Selfless. His mission: Save all of mankind. It’s like God said “I can’t live with out them so I will die for them”!! Luke 23:36,39. He loved us so much that He died for us while we were still sinners. Amazing! Romans 5:6-11, 1John 4:10,John 15:16

7. God’s Love Holds me Together and Sustains me! Colossians 1:17, 2Corinthians 5:14. Word Meaning: To consist and to compel is to hold together, to sustain, to urge on, to manage, direct, to control, and to guide.

It’s God’s unfailing love that holds us together and gives us His victory. John 16:33, Romans 8:3-4, Psalm 94:18.

Our part is to overcome (Revelation 2:7 etc) which simply means we will never let go of our hold on Jesus, even in the face of death. Jesus is saving us right now! Genesis 32:24-30, Jeremiah 30:5-7 (Jacob’s Trouble), Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21, Revelation 13:15,

8. When can I have assurance then of my Salvation?                             We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our life, and never let go of Him, and that’s it. Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in our future or ourselves. “This is life eternal that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior alone! Hosea 6:1-3.

Here is really great news!! When it becomes the habit of the soul to converse with God, the power of the evil one is broken, for Satan cannot abide near the soul that draws nigh unto God. John 17:3

 

 GOD IS ALWAYS  STEADFAST LOVE—ALL THE TIME!!!    Psalms 94:18, John 3:16, 1John 4:8

Lavish Grace

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 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

 

 

 

 


 Romans 3:23  says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Worry is falling short on faith.  Impatience is falling short on kindness.  The critical spirit falls short on love.
So, how often do you sin, hmm… in an hour?  For the sake of discussion, let’s say ten times an hour.  Ten sins an hour, times sixteen waking hours, times 365 days a year, times the average life span of 74 years.  I’m rounding the total off to 4,300,000 sins per person!  How do you plan to pay God for your 4.3 million sin increments?  You’re swimming in an ocean of debt.
But God pardons the zillion sins of selfish humanity.  He forgives sixty million sin-filled days.  He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be.  And He did it by the grace of Jesus Christ. Romans 3:26

Jesus Will Save You

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For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Corinthians 15:57

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ! Philippians 1:6

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me Galatians 2:20

You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. Galatians 5:4-6

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1Thessalonians 4:16-18, 1Corinthians 15:51-54

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4

And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 

that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:9-10

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

 

Treasures From The Vine—The Living Lord!

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

I am the true vine. – John 15:1

I am the true vine. – The Vine is the living Lord, who Himself speaks, and gives, and works all that He has for us.  If you would know the meaning and power of that word, do not think to find it by thought or study; these may help to show you what you must get from Him to awaken desire and hope and prayer, but they cannot show you the Vine.  Jesus alone can reveal Himself.  He gives His Holy Spirit to open the eyes to gaze upon Himself, to open the heart to receive Himself.  He must Himself speak the word to you and me.

I am the true vine. – And what are you to do, if you want the mystery, in all its heavenly beauty and blessing, opened up to you?  With what you already know of the parable, bow down and be still, worship and wait, until the divine Word enters your heart and you feel His holy presence with you and in you.  The overshadowing of His holy love will give you the perfect calm and rest of knowing that the Vine will do all.

I am the true vine. – He who speaks is God, in His infinite power able to enter into us.  He is man, one with us.  He is the crucified One, who won a perfect righteousness and a divine life for us through His death.  He is the glorified One, who from the throne gives His Spirit to make His presence real and true.  He speaks – oh, listen, not to His words only, but to Himself, as He whispers secretly day by day:  “I am the true Vine!  All that the Vine can ever be to its branch, I will be to you.”

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Holy Lord Jesus, the heavenly Vine of God’s own planting, I beseech You, reveal Yourself to my soul.  Let the Holy Spirit, not only in thought, but in experience, give me to know all that You, the Son of God, are to me as the true Vine.

 

Yes Jesus Loves Me The Bible Tells Me So—Christ’s Assurance of Salvation

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       We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

 

 

The Bible Tells Me So

     Children sing “Jesus loves me, this I know. . .” Then we become adults, and our tune changes.  We lose our childlike confidence and change the lyrics to “Jesus loves me?  I don’t know.”  Why the doubt?  Why the sense of dread and foreboding when we contemplate our readiness for Christ’s return?  Is the Christian entitled to the assurance of salvation?  Can we know for sure that we are saved?

 

I believe that it is the privilege of every born-again child of God to possess “the firm assurance of personal salvation here and now!”

 

Christ’s Assurance of Salvation

 

God alone can give us absolute assurance of salvation.  Jesus, the Son of God, brought the comforting news that the Father accepts everyone who comes to Jesus and believes in Him.  He said:

 

“All that the father gives me will come to me, and whoever

comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down

from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who

sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I

shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them

up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who

looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life,

and I will raise him up at the last day:  John 6:37-40.

 Jesus Wants To Save You No Matter What Your Past Has Been!!!

God the Father and the Son are perfectly one in their will and acts to save believers from evil and death and even from themselves.  The reassuring news is that God has taken the initiative for our redemption.  He did not wait till we asked for help.  As the Father drew Israel with His everlasting loving kindness (see Jeremiah. 31:3), so He now draws all people and enables them to come to Jesus (see John 6:44, 65).  Jesus likewise promised: “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself”  John 12:32.  He draws them each time the gospel of the crucified and risen Savior is proclaimed. So, all the glory and honor due those who have provided salvation belong to the divine Father and Son.  No one obtains salvation because of personal achievement or merit.  From start to finish it is the gift of the gracious God—as Paul said: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”  Rom. 6:23.

 

We owe everything to grace, free grace, sovereign grace.  Grace in the covenant ordained our adoption.  Grace in the savior effected our redemption, our regeneration, and our adoption to heirship with Christ.  Let this grace be revealed to others.

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!! 1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

Authority And Independence–Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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“If ye love Me, ye will keep My commandments.”

John 14:15

Our Lord never insists upon obedience; He tells us very emphatically what we ought to do, but He never takes means to make us do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit. That is why whenever Our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an IF – you do not need to unless you like. “If any man will be My disciple, let him deny himself,” let him give up his right to himself to Me. Our Lord is not talking of eternal positions, but of being of value to Himself in this order of things, that is why He sounds so stern (cf. Luke 14:26). Never interpret these words apart from the One Who uttered them.

The Lord does not give me rules, He makes His standard very clear, and if my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without any hesitation. If I hesitate, it is because I love some one else in competition with Him, viz., myself. Jesus Christ will not help me to obey Him, I must obey Him; and when I do obey Him, I fulfil my spiritual destiny. My personal life may be crowded with small petty incidents, altogether unnoticeable and mean; but if I obey Jesus Christ in the haphazard circumstances, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God, and when I stand face to face with God I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed. When once God’s Redemption comes to the point of obedience in a human soul, it always creates. If I obey Jesus Christ, the Redemption of God will rush through me to other lives, because behind the deed of obedience is the Reality of Almighty God.

When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. Psalms 94:18

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1John 5:11-13

Treasures From The Vine— The Purpose Of The Branch

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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

Every branch in me that bears not fruit

He takes away. – John 15:2

Here we have one of the chief words of the parable – branch.  A vine needs branches:  Without branches it can do nothing, can bear no fruit.  As important as it is to know about the Vine and the Husbandman, it is to realize what the branch is.  Before we listen to what Christ has to say about it, let us first of all take in what a branch is and what it teaches us of our life in Christ.  A branch is simply a bit of wood, brought forth by the vine for the one purpose of serving it in bearing its fruit.  It is of the same nature as the vine, and it has one life and one spirit with it.  Just think a moment of the lessons this suggests.

There is the lesson of entire consecration The branch has but one object for which it exists, one purpose to which it is entirely given up, to bear the fruit the vine wishes to bring forth.  And so the believer has but one reason for being a branch – but one reason for his existence on earth – that the heavenly Vine may through him bring forth His fruit.  Happy the soul that knows this, that has consented to it, and that says, “I have been redeemed and I live for one thing.  As exclusively as the natural branch exists only to bring forth fruit, I too; as exclusively as the heavenly Vine exists to bring forth fruit, I too.  As I have been planted by God into Christ, I have wholly given myself to bear the fruit the Vine desires to bring forth.”