I Am the Vine
GOD'S WORD: Galatians 2:20 ‘I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.'
SHEEP: 1. for me – immovable foundation or our hope 2. in me - life power in us whereby Christ in us works out our salvation day by day.
"I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me." "No longer I, but Christ in me."
SHEEP: For me is the roots of the tree of life. Christ must actively dwell in our hearts by faith.
He wants us to abide in Him as He did with the Father and He will do it by the Spirit – He will reveal Himself to us by the Spirit.
"I am the vine, you are the branch, if you abide in me you will bear much fruit."
So, our faith must ever be in Christ crucified for us that He may abide in us.
Just as the Son of God led a human life in the days of His flesh, He now desires to continue His life in us.
We must choose daily to give Christ the opportunity of showing that He lives in us and is Himself responsible that we are able to do God's will.
In the daily quite hour with Him – in communing with him – we may say, "No longer I, but Christ lives in me."
Christ is our life !
Jesus is the mediator through the Holy Spirit. He will put the fear in our hearts so we will not depart from Him.
GOD'S WORD: Ezek. 36:25-26, 36-37
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.' "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Once again I will yield to the plea of the house of Israel and do this for them: I will make their people as numerous as sheep,
CHRIST OUR LORD GAVE HIS BLOOD AND THEN HIS SPIRIT !