True or False

True or False

John 15v5 says I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

In this verse is revealed the marvellous relationship of the Christian to Christ, there is our oneness with Christ (if you remain in me), there is our likeness to Christ (and I in you), our fruitfulness in Christ (you will bear much fruit), and our dependence upon Christ (without me you can do nothing). Within this short verse there are two profound and wonderful truths which are the opposite sides of the same coin; we cannot have the one without the other. Firstly, we are in Christ, this truth has to do with our salvation. Secondly, Christ is in us, and that is to do with our sanctification. We cannot genuinely have the one without the other. There are many religious people who identify themselves with Christ, who claim to be in Christ, but their lives do not bear out the complementary truth, that of progressive Christlikeness emanating from within. They have made a profession but sadly that might be all the evidence they or we have that they belong to Christ, the fruit of the Spirit has never germinated. If all we have is a profession without any progress then we need to do some serious soul searching. There are others who appear to show the correct fruit of doing good and looking good and sounding good but it springs from a false religiosity or a humanitarian motive or perhaps even from selfish motives, seeking the praise of others or even power. These are people who may be displaying what appears to be good fruit but its core is rotten because its source is self. There are counterfeits in this world but let those who hold to the truth rejoice exceedingly in the wonder of our relationship with Christ. Let this brief thought challenge the one who writes and all who read to examine ourselves as to whether we possess this true faith, and if we do let us rejoice in our oneness with Christ our saviour.