I think this is one of the hottest subjects and desires of people everywhere.
Many think they are never going to be good enough for the closeness of Christ
So let this help you understand some principles that should bring freedom:
Jn 14:23 “… and we will come to him and make our home with him”.
- “Those who love Jesus will obey Him…”
- “and will be loved by the Father…”
- Obedience is proof of love.
- “we will come to him and make our home in him.”
- Jn 14:21 “…manifest myself to him.” I love that!
- Jn 14:9b “any one who has seen Me has seen the Father”
- Jn 14:11b “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me”
Each of us is a Temple, a dwelling place for the Trinity.
- Jn 1:14 for a time He dwelt among us.
- Now with the Holy Spirit He dwells in us.
Power for the Christian life comes as we walk in obedience.
Failure to obey is a sign of the lack of love.
- Jn 14:24 “He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching.”
- Disobedience is essentially selfishness: loving ourselves more than we love God and putting our desires ahead of His.
- Obedience and disobedience reveals the condition of the heart.
Jn 15:1-2, 4-6
A vine has: root system, main stem, branches, leaves and fruit.
Jesus did not say He is the stem, root system, no “I am the vine” – the whole thing.
- We – the branches…. Part of Him
- Life of branches comes from Stem.
- Two types of branches: Natural or Grafted in. Isr/Gentiles.
- Rm 11:20 Isr. natural branches – “broken off because of unbelief.”
- Rm 11:20 Gentile – “wild olive shoot” that has been ‘grafted in among the others”. AND
- Rm 11:17
- Purpose is: to bear fruit.
- If Jesus is the vine – His Father is the gardener, who prunes the vine.
- Pruning is always followed by growth.
- It shows God’s ownership of us and also His fatherly love. Prov 3:12
- Leaves show lushness but fruitlessness. (Words+no Action).
- May know words, mental doctrines, concepts, proud of ministry.
Jn 15:4 “Remain in Me and I will remain in you”. Continuous action. It is of – Choice.
- Obedience means remaining in Him,
- Choosing to remain in truth,
- Continuing to align yourself with truth,
- Choosing to abide in His Presence.
Our fruitfulness as a Christian depends on the degree to which we allow the divine life of God to flow in us.
This requires two important qualities of character:
- Humility: “apart from you Lord I can do nothing”
- Surrender: “Not my will, Lord, but yours be done”
The word of truth and the spirit of truth operate together to produce these things in out lives.
Jn 15:5 “If any man (any person) remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit”.
The Spirit speaks, we obey, the Spirit works with the word received.
The Holy Spirit will never tell you to do something that will not work in practice. Jesus does not lead a procession of failure, but of triumph. So His Spirit will tell you what to do so that you can overcome difficulties and be fruitful for God every day of your life.
True faith is obedience. Ja 1:22
Faith leads to obedience, obedience leads to fruitfulness, and fruitfulness brings glory to God and shows the world that we are His disciples.
You can exchange ‘truth’ with ‘love’ in this.
True faith and true love involve action. It is not enough to talk about them. Their genuiness will be proven by what they do. We do good works because we have been saved; the presence of genuine love and faith will be revealed by their fruit (action) displayed in our loves.
In Heb 4:2 ”For good news came to us just as to them, but the message did not benefit them, they were not united by faith with those who listened.” In other words they did not ‘mix’ the word of God with appropriate or corresponding action in faith. (as like chewing food and mixing it with saliva to ingest). (AMP. “because it* /the message received*/ was not mixed with faith”)