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Our dependence upon God – John 15.1-8
Posted: 4 May 2011 in John

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

This passage obviously has as its theme our dependence upon Christ, but it also relates to God’s role as Creator. A not uncommon mistake is to think of Creation as a one off event, which happened long ago. But in reality it is something which is ongoing as God sustains the universe in its existence, and works to bring his plans to fruition. So, in particular, we are dependent upon God, not only for our physical existence, but also for the presence of that vital spark which takes us beyond life as a mere biological process, and which allows us to live in communion with God. We can do nothing without God, except perhaps to displease him, and the inevitable result then follows – which is judgment.

We are judged because the goal of all Creation, and of our service of God in particular, is that God should be glorified. God is not in the business of indulging us; he is seeking his own glory. Nevertheless, as part of that process, salvation is offererred to those who will be obedient to his will, and who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8.28).

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