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The Vine and the Branches[John 17:14-24]

The Vine and the Branches

Let's Pray:

Lord, cause us to see the intrinsic contents of Your Word and that we may understand to interpret the divine revelation according to Your desire in Your economy..

Hymn:474

I am one with Thee, Lord Jesus,
One in spirit now with Thee;
All Thyself I now possess, Lord,
All Thou art now lives in me.
One with Thee, one with Thee,
One with Thee, one with Thee;
Day by day I share Thy riches,
Thou art everything to me.


Today's Verses and Footnotes: John 17:14-24
Key Verses:
John 15:4Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
John 15:5I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing
John 15:7If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
Life Supply:
In 15:1-11 we see that the vine and the branches are an organism to glorify the Father by expressing the riches of the divine life.

What is the difference between an organization and an organism? A table, for example, is an organization, for many pieces of wood are assembled to form one entity. Why is a table an organization and not an organism? Because in the table as a unit there is not one organ. There are no organs in a table because there is no life in a table. Apparently, our body is also an organization. However, it is much more than an organization because we have both organs and life. Since our body has both organs and life, it is an organism, not merely an organization. In like manner, the church, the Body of Christ, is an organism.

In John 15 this organism is likened to a vine tree. The grapevine is used as a figure of this wonderful organism. Within this vine tree we have the tree itself and all of its branches. The Lord Jesus said that the vine tree is just Himself (v. 1). He is the tree, and we are the branches of this tree. By this clear picture we can see that we are the branching out of the tree, for the branches are the branching out of the vine tree. If you were to cut off the branches, you would have just a bare tree without branches, and there would be no branching out of the vine. But today this universal vine tree has many branches, and these branches are simply His branching out.

When the Lord Jesus was on earth, He was just a small man living in a certain place. But look at His branching out today: He has parts in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Manila, Taipei, Hong Kong, and throughout the world. Praise the Lord that throughout the whole earth we see the branching out of this vine tree! This is not an organization; it is an organism that has life with many organic elements, organs, and organic systems growing in it. (Life-Study of John, pp. 394-395)
Questions:

1. What is the organism of the Triune God? (See John 15:1 note 1 andnote 2)

2. How can we abide in the Lord? (See John 15:7 note 2)

3. Please explain the work of the Spirit of reality. (See John 16:13 note 1)

Tomorrow: The Love with Which You Have Loved Me
May Be in Them