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I AM THE TRUE VINE (9 of 10)
Dr. Miles Seaborn
INTRO. Story of character in "Tell No Man" who upon
his conversion, typed himself Paul's letters and
Jesus' Words and read them as from a friend for the
first time. It revolutionized his life! So much of
our understanding of the scripture is colored by what
someone has told God's Word says rather than letting
God's Word speak for itself. Such are these verses
JESUS WAS SPEAKING TO 11 APOSTLES - ALL BELIVERS.
JUDAS HAD GONE.
CHAPTER 13-14 - WE ARE TAUGHT WHAT CHRIST IS DOING FOR
US WHILE HE IS AWAY -
1. MAINTAINING US IN COMMUNIONWITH HIMSELF
2. PREPARING A PLACE FOR US
3. MANIFESTING HIMSELF TO US
4. SUPPLYING OUR EVERY NEED THROUGH THE HOLY
JOHN 15 - The other side of the truth - here is what
we are to be and do for Him during His absence.
Now notice the context of Jesus' Words - "Arise let us
Ch. 14:31 - Christ had just said, "Peace I leave with
you, my peace I give unto you." He said this while
seated at the table where the emblems of his death -
the basis for our peace were spread. Now he gets up
from the table which prefigured his resurrection from
the dead, and sys, "I am the true vine." You see
there must be resurrection - life (His body and blood
- our salvation) before there can be resurrection
How vital it is to see here that the central theme is
not salvation or how to obtain it or hold it, but
rather fruitbearing and conditions of fertility.
Eight times the word fruit occurs. Eight was the
resurrection number in the scripture. It is associated
with a new beginning. Here Jesus is dealing with our
number one spiritual problem - the barrenness of the
Christian life - the powerless Christian - that we
sometime take stock and see little or pitifully small
fruit for the Lord Jesus! It is with the very problem
Jesus is dealing now - Notice.
I. THE TRUE ...
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