Thursday, October 2, 2008

Christ is the Vine, Christians are the branches

Christ gave an implicit teaching and warning intended for new Christians about how having your spirit born again also means continually living spiritually in Christ and Christ living spiritually in you. Christ warned using the analogy of Himself being the grape vine and Christians being the branches of the vine. That if a Christian does not remain living in Christ like a branch to a vine and therefore Christ living in you, you will wither like a cut off branch and become spiritually dead again, and like a dead branches that are collected to be burned, all Christians that have allowed themselves to be cut off from Christ spiritually and reconnected to pride of life and living for this world, will meet a similar fate and be burned.
As proclaimed Christians we will make a choice to either believe Christ and live a life abiding in Him (the vine) which gives us the power to change, grow, and blossom and grow fruit (the evidence of a true Christian), or we will fool ourselves into believing that we can live our old lives separate from Christ without being burned. For those who believe that they can live for this evil world and also eat the benefits of salvation (two lives), you are simply living out the ultimate form of denial when in reality you are just waiting to be burned like dead stacked branches.
Don't be deceived by Satan and your own short sighted self centered ignorance. Allow Christ to make salvation simple by allowing Christ to be lord and savior (have complete control) of your life, inside and out. With Christ at the controls (not your selfish will) it as easy as breathing and as wonderful as cannot be described. Otherwise it would be better that you were never born then to come this far and never really be changed.
(John 15: 5-8) “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me,and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can donothing. Anyonewho does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch andwithers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples.This brings great glory to my Father.
For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were onceenlightened, those who have experienced the good things of heaven andshared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such peopleback to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves arenailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame. (Hebrews 6:3-9)
“Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me. “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. Anyonewho speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone whospeaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in thisworld or in the world to come. “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. Agood person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, andan evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
(Matthew 12:30-37)
So please remember long after this journal and I am gone that God loves you but isn't playing games, so don't misunderstand his truth for hatred. God loves us but hates sin, its that simple. So if you want to be set free in this life and the life to come you must abide and live for in Jesus Christ passionately not passively or you will be in bondage everyday from here to eternity. Where the choice you make today will clearly lead to a life of infinite death and bondage OR infinite life and freedom....The clear choice is yours along with the outcome and responsibility. DON'T LOSE YOUR SOUL!