Jn.15:1-4 – I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 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 teaching on the Vine and the branches gives us a great look into the organic connection we have with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This teaching is a continuation of the Lord’s teaching on the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism or immersion into the Holy Spirit changed everything. Rather than a few people having access to the anointing of the Spirit, now everyone can step into this new way to live. If you think back to the beginning of this discourse, Jesus said that He was going away to prepare a place for them. He said that in His Father’s house were many dwelling places. This is where it gets very interesting, the word for dwelling places is mone which literally means a place to live. When Jesus taught about the Vine He told us to abide in Him. The word abide is the word mene in Greek and could be translated to reside or make your home here. So what Jesus was teaching in this passage is that His death and resurrection opened up a new place for us to live our lives. We have access to Him by faith in His blood and are immersed fully into Him as a result of coming to Him by faith. This is not a one time experience but this is our new home, we are in Him and He is in us.

So where do you live your life? Moving into a new home can be quite an exciting moment in your life. Moving into Christ as your dwelling place is infinitely better. Abiding in Christ brings us into a love and acceptance beyond anything this world offers. His love heals and restores us and empowers us to complete our purpose here on earth. So go ahead and move into your new house. You don’t have to wait until you die to take occupancy. Abide in Christ and He will abide in you.

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