THE FEAR OF THE LORD
"I am the vine, you are the branches, He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:5
Many claim to be believers, they look good on the outside, they talk the talk, but inwardly they are spiritually dead! When you go to a funeral and see a corpse lying in the casket, usually they look pretty good after the Mortician gets through fixing them up, but they are still dead!
Cut a branch from a vine, doesn't matter: roses, tulips, grapes, they all look alive for days if they are watered, but then: they begin to dry up and slowly wither away, this is someone who does not abide in the vine! As we have seen in the parable of the sower, there are different heart conditions that determine the spiritual life of a person, either alive in Jesus or spiritually dead!
Abide means to remain or to dwell, to live in Christ in a personal relationship as with a spouse or family member. To abide is to be transformed by the blood of the Lord Jesus and supernaturally grafted into the living Vine of Christ, our Lord. Without the spiritual food provided by the Vine we would die and end up being cast into the fire!
"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned." John 15:6
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin