The Analogy of the Vine
When reading the Bible, you find that Jesus spoke in parables that many did not understand and many times He had to break down the meaning. One example is when Christ stated He is the true vine. So, what does the analogy of the vine mean?
This analogy is a great illustrated now Christ can be in us and how we can be in Him at the same time. Basically, the vine represents our source of our life and Salvation in Jesus Christ. Remember, all throughout scripture we as believers are referred to as being in Christ and Christ being in us so the works we do and the people we bring to Christ are not attributed to us but to Christ, the vine, who works through us.
Still, the vine and branches analogy does not mean that you are no longer “you” anymore but rather, you have gained life through the source of life itself (the vine) and will produce the fruit alive! You do not stop being you, but you are recognized as being a part of a magnificent whole, so that when you step back and look at the bigger picture all you see is one vineyard and or another analogy one body of Christ.
We are not only called to remain and abide in Jesus word, but through the new covenant and the gospel Jesus Word abides in us and guide us so that if we abide in what He has planted in us it will guarantee a fruitful Christ like living.
What does it mean to remain in Jesus love? To remain Jesus love is not to remain in “our” love. Every person on earth is capable of loving, but no sinful human on earth is capable loving perfectly and without blemish. To remain in Christ love is not to try to keep loving like you love for you knew God, but to die to that imperfect love and let the vine’s love live through and in you. (Gal. 2:20 & Rom. 5:5)
This means once you have love from God in your hearts, you are to love others with the same love and stop focusing on yourself. Jesus command which is to love others. God does not give you his love to simply soak it in like a sponge, but he gives it to you to give to others.
The proper way to show people God's love is by pointing them to the lifesaving gospel. If you do not intend to point people to the gospel, and you say you love them, you're not loving with Gods love and that’s in Romans 5:8
Basically, Jesus practices what he preaches. The gospel is clearly shown here because Jesus laid down his life for us on the cross through which we gain Salvation. Jesus is the true vine through which the greatest act of love in history of all humanity was shown so that everyone may come His branches. Because he did this, Jesus invites the world into friendship and fellowship with God.
Some of you might think that you deserve the recognition of a master in your life, but the God of the universe , who deserves more than anyone to be called our master lowered himself and called us his friend even become our servant and laying down this life in love so that we might come into a relationship with him and that’s a good God. God bless!