Jn.15:4 – 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.
This passage is touching on the mystery of New Testament revelation. This is what makes Christianity different and superior to all religions and philosophies. Remember, this teaching is in the middle of Christ’s discourse on the Holy Spirit the last night He was with His disciples. He was saying the Spirit would not only be with us and upon us, He would be in us. In John 14:20 – Jesus described it like this, “At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you”. Jesus told this parable of the vineyard to explain this very truth. We are in Him – He is in us – He is in the Father. Our satisfaction and productivity flows completely from that amazing relationship. Here is how Andrew Murray describes it.
“There is but one way for the branch to bear fruit, there is no other possibility, it must abide in unbroken communion with the vine. Not of itself, but only of the vine, does the fruit come. Christ had already said: “Abide in me”; in nature the branch teaches us the lesson so clearly; it is such a wonderful privilege to be called and allowed to abide in the heavenly Vine; one might have thought it needless to add these words of warning. But no–Christ knows so well what a renunciation of self is implied in this: “Abide in me”; how strong and universal the tendency would be to seek to bear fruit by our own efforts; how difficult it would be to get us to believe that actual, continuous abiding in Him is an absolute necessity! He insists upon the truth: Not of itself can the branch bear fruit; except it abide, it cannot bear fruit.”
This is way beyond our ability to grasp. The very life that Jesus enjoys is the life that flows through us. Without Him we can do nothing, with Him and in Him all things are possible. Cut off from Him we are listless and empty. Connected to Him we share His unspeakable joy. Abide in Him – let Him abide in you – we share an intimacy and a privelege way to big for words.