The Blog of Rob Board – Author, speaker, pastor

Jesus said in John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  Jesus was giving us a glimpse of what the New Covenant was all about.  A union between Him and us.  He would be the vine and we would be the branches attached to the vine.  The same life that is in the vine flows into and through the branches.  He is the vine and we are the branches.  If you’ve ever looked at a vine you have noticed that no fruit grows on the vine itself.  The fruit always grows on the branches that are attached to the vine.

Jesus is no longer on this earth in the flesh, but He is on the earth in His body called the “church” – those called out of darkness and brought into His covenant.  His life is the power that is within us by His Holy Spirit and does His works through us.  That is the fruit that is produced.  The healings, the miracles, the deliverances, the preaching that the kingdom of God is at hand, etc.  He is still doing it all, but His life and power is within us and flowing through us to accomplish His purposes.  He is the life and His life is within us and bears the fruit through us.

Philippians 2:13 —  “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”

Ephesians 3:20 —  “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we may asl or think, according to the power that works within us.”

Give me your thoughts.

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