I’m doing an inductive Bible study with a group of ladies through John 15.
When you study a passage of God’s Word in depth, you always get something out of it that you would not get with a quick perusal of the passage.
Sometimes, it’s not something new you learn; but what those truths show us about God and His love for us are so mind-blowing.
Here are some of the mind-blowing amazing thoughts from the past couple of weeks:
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. John 15:5
This is a familiar verse — but I forget to live by it. I can do nothing on my own. I need God’s strength, wisdom, and guidance in anything I do. Yet, how often do I wake up and go about my day without thinking of asking for His help. Yes, of course, in the big problems, He is the first place I turn. But how about the little details? The every day concerns? I have to remember that in all things that I can do NOTHING.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. John 15:2
Here we are told that God, the vinedresser, will purge the branches, believers, who bear fruit. Therefore, if I am bearing fruit, I should expect to receive purging.
This goes contrary to my human nature. I don’t want to experience difficulty or pain. I don’t want trials. Yet, that is often how God will prune me. And when He does prune me, I will bear more fruit. Therefore, I should desire His pruning in my life.
Why should I desire His pruning? Because when I bear fruit, He is glorified. This was another amazing thought to me. That my bearing fruit brings glory to Him. And what is the sole purpose of man?
According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” So if my bearing fruit brings Him glory, my desire should be to bear as much fruit as possible — which means I need to abide and submit to His purging.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:8
One other amazing truth in this passage is that Jesus is my friend. He is God, yet He has called me His friend.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. John 15:14-15
He is the best friend I can ever have. He is always faithful, always true. He gave His life for me. He loves me. He forgives me. He accepts me even though I have so many faults. He desires my fellowship. He is always there. He never fails.
When life is messed up and uncertain, I can go to Him. It’s amazing! He is my friend.
What amazing truths have you thought about God this week?
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