A NEW RELATIONSHIP
Scripture: John 14:18 & 16:13; John 15:5b
How many times have you “tried” to do something and just plain kept failing and finally you gave up completely? It can be very discouraging; especially if you really wanted to succeed, and thought you should be able to do it. We can do the same thing in our Christian life. Perhaps you have said, “I’m trying to live a Christian life.”
Last week I pointed out that “Christianity is NOT a religion that consists of rules and regulations—it’s a life. Not a Way of life but, ‘A LIFE;’ and that life is the LORD JESUS CHRIST!”
THINK ABOUT THIS:
>In Mk. 12:28-34 two fundamental relations are set forth.
- A) A right relationship to the Lord God
- B) A right relationship to all men as a result.
>In living the Christian life; it is more than just doing—it is becoming.
>There is a transition seen in John 14:18 & 16:13
When Christ was on earth, He walked and talked with His disciples. They were told to “follow” Jesus. But what happened? He died; was buried and then rose again ascending into heaven. Now His disciples were alone—right? Of course not; because something happened. The Holy Spirit was sent to them. Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” John 14:18. “When the Spirit of truth is come He will guide you into all truth” John 16:13.
>A new term is now introduced. The disciples could no longer “follow” Jesus, as such, but were told to do something else. (Here’s where your homework from last week comes in. Did you find that small word in John 14 and 15 which was repeated 31 times?) It is the word “in.” A special, intimate relationship began. Before, the disciples were told to “come unto me” now they are told to “Abide IN Me.”
>So begins this new relationship, and John 15 describes it well. The picture is that of the
Vine and the branches. Here’s a summary:
The Vine—represents Jesus Christ
The Branches—represent the believers
The Life (source) of the Vine—is Jesus Christ in the Person of the Holy Spirit
The Fruit of the Vine—is the fruit of the Spirit. (Check out Gal. 5:22, 23)
In a nutshell, this new life (new way) is being joined to Christ and He producing fruit through us so that in all circumstances and in all of our relationships, the fruit of the Spirit will be evidenced in our life.
We cannot do this ourselves. The key is to abide IN Christ. We abide by submitting our lives to Him. We don’t “TRY” anymore; we let Christ live His life IN us.
- A) It’s an inner relationship—it doesn’t depend on anything external.
- B) It’s a vital relationship in order for Christ to be seen through us.
- C) It’s an essential relationship, because Jesus said, “…for without Me, you can do nothing” John 15:5b
There is no need to struggle and “try” to live the Christian life. We can’t do it; but Christ can as we abide IN Him and yield our lives to Him.
“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” John 14:18.
“When the Spirit of truth is come He will guide you into all truth” John 16:13.
We will continue next week.