Apart from Him

John 15:5—”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.”

What does it mean we can do nothing apart from Him?

Abide—To remain as one, not to become another or different, home.

As a branch, the source of our life is the vine.  We live in Him and He lives through us.  His life in us produces fruit.

Galatians 5:22—”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:23–gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

Philippians 1:11—”filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Colossians 1:6—”which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,”

Understood—to know accurately, to know thoroughly, to recognize by certain signs, to appreciate.

The fruit produced in us is His grace.  As this fruit grows, we are learning to appreciate His grace.  We are also learning that we cannot do anything apart from Him.  If it is apart from Him, it is nothing, in His eyes, no matter how grand from our perspective.  The fruit of the Spirit originates from the vine not from our initiative.  Jesus did nothing on His own initiative.    What was of the flesh (our initiative) will never be made spiritual by any amount of improvement.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh and it will never be otherwise.  The flesh profits nothing.  It is only what comes from above that will abide.   

John 15:4—”Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”

We can do nothing apart from His Spirit, nothing that is from God.  His fruit is sufficient.   

Galatians 5:25—”If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

To abide in the vine is to walk by the power of the Spirit, to be led by the Spirit.  May the fruit of Your Spirit grow in our lives.  

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