John 15 Study: Abiding In Christ, 2of10, Evans Olang

John 15:3-5, “3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you 4. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” 

imagesIn this vs. Jesus wants His disciples to be reminded of their salvation and He uses the word “already clean”. This cleansing is effected through hearing, believing, and obeying the Word. The Word tells us what to do that we may be cleansed and saved. The word of Christ is spoken to all believers; and there is a cleansing virtue in that Word, as it works grace, and works out corruption. We have been purged from the guilt and power of sin, moved from the wild vine and grafted into the New True Vine.

Those who have repented and trusted in Christ alone for eternal salvation are already clean (made holy); the gospel is the power of God unto salvation, Romans 1:16, Romans 11:16, “For if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches”. Believers are born of water and the Spirit John 3:5. The water here is not baptism but cleansing (regeneration). Titus 3:5, “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit”. Christ cleansed first before He could indwell, Romans 6:6, Leviticus 15:13, Ezekiel 36:25.

When you talk about sanctification, Jesus washing the disciples feet brought this to light, John 13:4-10, “8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” 9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head “10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of youThe significance of washing their feet was to remind them that they were already clean even though their feet were dirty to show His continuous cleansing and not for regeneration. Salvation is a one-time act of justification by faith, but the lifelong process of sanctification is one of washing from the stain of sin we experience as we walk through the dusty world, Ephesians 5:6. This is the Comfort believers have, they are already clean in regeneration, and feet are cleaned in sanctification.

John 15:4, “Abide in Me, and I in you…”. If we are saved by grace, you must also be kept by grace. Salvation is of the Lord, the Father draws us to the Vine (the Son). “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…”, John 6:44,  John 13:8-9. The keeping power is of the Lord, vs.4 “…. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me”  Romans 11: 18 strengthens this point when it says, “do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you”. And the more fruit we bring forth, the more we abound in what is good because our life depends on it, “…He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”

To be fruitful, we must abide/remain in Christ, have union with Him by faith (relationship/fellowship), constantly keep up our dependence upon Christ, and communion with Him (Galatians 4). To continue, blessings Ev

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