Abiding On The Spiritual Vine in Christ and Growing

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

To be on the vine and producing fruit we must first be connected to the vine, to be born of God, born of spirit. Let's drop in on a conversation Jesus had with Nicodemus...

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: [2] The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. [3] Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [4] Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

When God created all that was created, he made a parallel between what is in the natural and what is spiritual, there is always a similarity one with the other. Nicodemus naturually thought of the flesh birth, while Jesus spoke of spitiual birth.

When one hears the Gospel of Christ, and if faith is present, conception is made. That person is then in the spiritual womb and waiting to be born of spirit, Born Again...

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

The major problem with today's church is we are not being told the whole truth. We are lead to believe we receive the Holy Ghost at the moment we confess Jesus as our saviour, but this is conception being made and not yet born of spirit.

We are born of spirit the same way as the original New Testament Church received the Holy Ghost in the Book Of Acts in chapter two. Nothing has changed since then, we ARE still the New Testament Church. Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

So let's pop in at the birth of the New Testament Church and see what we, too, should expect...

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

It is NOT the speaking in tongues which gives us the Holy Spirit, this is simply evidence that one has been born again, born of Spirit. The parallel to this is a mother giving birth in a hospital room. The baby comes forth and begins to cry. It is not the crying that brought forth the baby, but is evidence a baby was just brought forth. And, so it is of being born of spirit, speaking in tongues as the spirit gives the utterance.

Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Jesus said thou hearest the sound thereof, and so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Friends, the denominational church is not teaching us this very important key doctrine. We are being told that we receive the Holy Ghost the minute we believe. They are mislead, mistaking conception in the womb for being born again, the Bible way.

So How can we be Saved?

If we apply the gospel of Christ, we will find Life. The gospel is the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus, which is applied in the salvation application in the book of Acts...

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Repent = Death
Water Baptism = Burial
Receive Holy Spirit = Resurrection

Water baptism needs to be full immersion into the water and having the name of Jesus pronounced over us...

Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? [4] Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. [5] For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Now that we are on the vine producing fruit, let us improve our relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us draw more close to Him.

Saith The Lord

There is a way called holiness, it is a higher way, it is the way that I walk, it is a way of true life. In it, if you will walk and you will find the life that I live. For I the Lord your God am holy, I ask you not to touch the unclean thing, not so that I can condemn you, but because I want you to be aware that there is a better way to live. The only reason I ask you to change, is so that you can have the good life that I have promised. For I came that you might have life, and life more abundantly. I did not come to condemn the world, I came to show the world that there is a better way, and that way is found in me. I have called you to walk the way of holiness, for I am holy. Sanctify yourselves, set yourselves apart. You long for fulfillment, you long for and desire to find what this life is all about for you, you will find it in the way of holiness. Forsake not the old path, it is entrenched in my word, it is a way that you must take also. I will not make any variations for anyone. You must be holy for I am holy. You must be filled with my spirit and allow my spirit to have his way in your life before you can walk this way. Come, present yourselves before me, empty yourself of yourself so that I can come in, so that I can set up thrones. Some of you have veered away, you have looked at this and said it is no longer important, but I say I am watching. Why would you turn away from the path of life and look for it somewhere else. I alone have the words of life and it is found in the way of holiness. Come, reconsecrate yourselves saith the Lord.