Remain in Christ



God does not pour out his power so that we can attain our selfish ambitions. – Joey Shaw (International Field Office Director for the Austin Stone Community Church)

Key Bible Verse: “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!” (John 15:7)

Dig Deeper: John 15:1-17

We receive and access Christ’s power on the basis of a saving and growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Just as the Father delegates authority and power to his Son in the context of a loving relationship, so the Son delegates his authority and power to us. Without the adoption as God’s child in Christ, a person has no authority, or legitimacy, to exercise spiritual power against evil. And without a thriving relationship with Christ, a person has no power to bear witness to Christ.

Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, ESV). To abide simply means to “stay” or “remain,” which is why the HCSB helpfully translates John 15:5, “The one who remains in me.” With this illustration, he amplifies the meaning of abide beyond merely remaining in a place or in a relationship. He emphasizes dependence on this connection for the empowerment to live and bear fruit.

Cut the branch from the vine, and the branch dies.

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