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.
The glory of Christ stands in direct relation to our impossibilities. When Jesus illustrated the relation of Him to those who are “in Him,” He used the vine and the branches. The branch has been “made” to receive and show forth the quality and fruitfulness of the vine. That’s why God said in Isaiah, referring to His people, “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (Isa. 43:7). We have been saved “for my glory”–to show forth Christ’s beauty and excellence. The good news is that this is not some self-determined effort, but a receiving by faith–abiding in Jesus as our all. It’s all about “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). A mystery indeed!
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