Scripture Reference – John 15:1-17 (ESV)
“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 does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
“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.”
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing.” (John 5:19 ESV) Jesus chose to live within the constraints of man, being fully God. He did this to set an example for us. If the Son of God could do nothing, which in the greek means nothing, how can we? Jesus spent countless hours in prayer. He withdrew to the hills to be with God. To abide in Him. He wanted to show us that what He did on this earth was possible for those who chose to do as He did. There is a hunger that every true believer has. That hunger is for the supernatural, for the Kingdom of God which Jesus told us to pray for. He said to pray for the Kingdom to come when He taught us how to pray. The Kingdom of God is in every believer but we have to abide in Him to see it. We have to love like Him to feel it.
As we abide in Him He prunes us. The word prune comes from the greek word kathairo. This word means to cleanse of filth and impurity, to expiate us from guilt. As we abide in Him we realize that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. How did Jesus do the things He did as a man? He was full of the Holy Spirit and He was without sin. The latter is available for all who believe in the name of Christ. When He died on the cross he took the sin of the world and the wrath of God upon Him. Why? He did it so that you could be righteous (without sin) before God. As we abide in Him He begins to remove those things that are contrary to Him. I’m not saying that we are not sinning in our everyday lives. None of us are perfect as Jesus was, however, He died so that we could become flawless and without blemish before the Father. That means we can operate in the same power as Jesus because we are covered by His blood. In essence, if we are abiding in Him, living for Him, running towards Him, we can do the things He did and even greater according to the very words of Christ! He even states in verse 7 that if we do this we will bear MUCH fruit. It’s a promise!
One of the keys to this promise is love! Jesus plainly says to abide in His love. To love as His Father loves Him. He says to keep His commandments and then gives THE commandment, to love as He has loved us. If there is no love in you, you are not abiding in Him. This love is the power! The faith in love that brings compassion for the lost, healing to the sick, and sight to the blind. This is the power that demons run from in fear and trembling. Love casts out fear. Loves causes the darkness to vanish in an instant.
Abiding in Him also must come with the Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Spirit daily. Bill Johnson likes to say that if you aren’t overflowing you aren’t full! It is impossible to do the work of God without God (the Holy Spirit) in you! I fully believe that as we abide we become more and more like Jesus. Isn’t this the whole point? We work out our salvation as we abide in Him in deeper and deeper levels.
Can we do what Jesus did? Yes and Amen! He promised it! Our focus has to be on Him with laser precision. We must make the salt covenant of consecration and desire nothing less than what He promised. The Kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force! We must throw on our battle armor and run for the prize. We can be the light that we were called to be. Funny thing about light. When it is turned on the dark vanishes at once. It is no long process. It happens in milliseconds! Turn on your light by going to THE LIGHT. Abide in the Light. Let Him prune you and go forth as agents of the Kingdom of God!