#21 The Universal Spreading of Christ as the True Vine (1)
Brother Ken Mooney starts off our series on the Universal Spreading of Christ as the True Vine!
The Universal Spreading of Christ as the True Vine (1)
Scripture Reading: John 14:23; 15:4-5
I. We who have believed into Christ (John 3:16), receiving Him as our Lord and Savior, are now in Christ (1 Cor. 1:30), and Christ is in us (Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 13:5):
A. “The Lord is the Spirit” (3:17), “the Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit” (Rom. 8:16), and “he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit” (1 Cor. 6:17).
B. This “one spirit” is the divine Spirit dwelling in our human spirit, and these two spirits are organically joined and mingled together to be one spirit.
C. Our organic union with the Lord is illustrated by the branches with the vine tree, the tree of life, in John 15; we are the branches of Christ, the vine tree of life.
D. Just as the vine’s life is in the branches, and the vine lives through the branches, so Christ is our life, and we are His living.
E. In order to maintain our organic union, our life union, with the Lord, we must abide in Him so that He may abide in us—vv. 4-5.