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Summary: Salvation is much more than a one time experience, but a daily process of abiding in Christ.

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Series: Demands of Christ

ABIDE IN ME

John 15:1-11

One of the greatest misconceptions about the doctrine of salvation is that it is a one time event rather than a process. The apostle Paul speaks of salvation in past, present and the future.

Past: Justification/Conversion: New Birth

Present:Sanctification: Growing in Christ

Future: Glorification

The great danger of thinking salvation is a one time event is someone basing their eternal destiny on some past event but his life has no evidence of a new life in Christ. I believe our church roles today are filled with lost people who are basing their salvation on some past event and then think they can live their lives as they wish.

Yes, Jesus demand, “Ye must be born again.” (a specific event), but today we want to examine another demand, “Abide in Me” (present action of remaining)

KEY TO ABIDING IN CHRIST:

Understand the Relationship (15:5)

Jesus: I Am The Vine

Jesus’ "I AM" Proclamations

the Bread of Life (John 6:35)

the Light of the world (8:12)

the Gate/Door (10:7)

the Good Shepherd (10:11)

the Resurrection and the Life (11:25)

the Way, the Truth, and the Life (14:6)

the VINE (15:1,5)

Characteristics of the Vine

 Life Giver to the Branches

-origin of life comes from the vine

-characteristics of life come from the vine

 Life Sustainer to the Branches

-provides nourishment

Believers: You Are The Branches

Characteristics of Branches

 Reflective of the Vine

 Totally Dependent on the Vine

We cannot accomplish anything of eternal value to God

We can bear no Spiritual Fruit (Gal 5:23)

We cannot be:

the Child of God the Father desires us to be

-full of love…. full of obedience….

full of joy

the Husband/Wife the Father desires us to be

the Parent...

the Child...

the Employer/Employee

the Witness...

Jesus’ Own Example in His Relationship with

the Father

(John 5:19) Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

If Jesus is totally dependent on the Father, then how much more should we be dependent on him? It is utter foolishness for us to think we can do anything apart from Him

 Important to the Vine

EVIDENCES OF ABIDING IN CHRIST

How can we tell when we are "abiding in Christ"? Is there a special feeling? No, but there are special evidences that appear and they are unmistakably clear.

Evidence of Bearing Fruit (15:5)

(5) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

- Fruit of a Spirit-filled Life (Gal 5:22-25) read

Know a Tree by its Fruit

(Matt 7:16-21) Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.


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