Abide in me, as I abide in you: Verse of the Day
Abide in me, and I in you!
Words of Jesus
Here is the if-then proposition, a hypothesis. Remember grade school? But I’m not here for that, I’m just comparing. If you do x, then this is the outcome of y. If x is true, then y is the result.
If you abide in me, and my word abides within you, then what you ask, will be done for you.
To abide is to remain, to reside, to dwell ;
Now let’s look within the context of scripture
What is context of scripture? “Context is crucial to biblical exegesis in that it is one of its most important fundamentals. Taking verses out of context leads to all kinds of error and misunderstanding.” via Got Questions Ministries
Let’s read 10 to 15 verses before, and 10 to 15 verses after, keeping in mind.
What, where, who, when?
1. What is being said? In the verse read within SUBTEXT, the literal meaning of the text presented.
2. Where is this happening? The time in which the verse was spoken, when the event was taking place. Historical setting
3. Who is saying it? Who is the author of the word?
4. When is it happening? What context of scripture is this happening? the time frame, cultural setting.
This is where Jesus reveals himself as the true vine and the father as the vinedresser.
I like to dissect scriptures a bit ⚔
So let’s get it!
True vine – the stem of a plant, in this case, the true one.
Vinedresser – A person who cultivates and prunes grapevines.
Every branch that does not bear fruit, he -the vinedresser, prunes.
Another important word, prunes
It’s a process, cutaway, for the purpose of bearing more fruit.
He then goes on to say
“Already you are clean, because of the word I have spoken to you. ”
Abide in me, and I abide in you.
The keyword here is “abide ”
Remain, stay, reside in me, who is Jesus, the WORD of God. If we remain in his word, his word remains in us.
The branch cannot bear fruit unless it is connected to the vine. The branch by itself is dead. There is no life in the branch unless it is connected to the vine, the main stem from which the branch grows from.
God the Father is the vinedresser, he keeps an eye on the tree. If the branches do not produce fruit, he cuts them away.
I myself have done this process. We have trees in our yard, and around spring time the branches that do not bear fruit, or seem alive I cut away. This is a depiction based on what I see. We the children of God are depicted as those branches, and God the father is in total control of his garden, while Jesus is the word that remains within us.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.John 15:5-6 ESV
And now we arrive at the scripture.
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.John 15:7 ESV
If you live in God’s word, and God’s word lives in you, then this is the BENEFIT to those who remain in him.
Ask whatever you wish! Simple right? Yet not so simple.
A study from my TABLE to yours! I pray this was a blessing to you as it had been to me. Continue to abide or reside in God’s word, so you can bear much fruit. Share this to be a blessing!