#23 The Universal Spreading of Christ as the True Vine (3)
Brother Daniel Ferreira continues our series on the Universal Spreading of Christ as the True Vine!
Scripture Reading: John 15:1-2, 4-5, 7-8, 12, 16-17
III. We need to be brought into a full realization of the fact that we all are branches of the universal vine—John 15:2, 4-5:
A. We have become branches of the vine, members of Christ, by the branching out of the vine; when we believed in the Lord Jesus, He branched into us—3:15.
B. For us to be a branch means that Christ has be come our life—Col.3:4.
C. Christ as the vine does every thing through His believers as the branches; with out Him we can do nothing, and without us He can do nothing; we need Him, and He needs us—John 15:4-5.
D. As branches of the vine, we need to abide in the vine—v. 4:
1. What we are, what we have, and what we do must be in the Lord and by the Lord in us—Phil. 4:13; 2 Tim. 2:1.
2. If we would abide in the vine, we must first see the fact that we are branches in the vine, and then we need to maintain the fellowship between us and the Lord—John 15:2; 1 Cor. 1:9, 30; 1 John 1:7; 4:15.
E. Our destiny as branches of the universal vine is to bear fruit for the glorification of the Father; this God-appointed destiny is fulfilled by the practice of the God-ordained way to carry out God’s New Testament economy—John 15:16.