We’re Kept In The Vine

So, in our little backyard there is a vine. The vine by all appearances looks dead to me. In fact, I thought it was dead and some months ago endeavoured to untangle it and pull it off the other tree and off the fence that it is all wrapped around. It looked very untidy because it was just a brown stick-like vine all coiled between the ground plants and the foliage of the tree next to it. It was very hard to pull at and undo, so typical of me, I gave up :-).

Then the other week I noticed – there’s this cluster of beautiful bright purple flowers in the middle of it! There’s bright fresh green leaves in the same cluster. When I first noticed it through the window, I had to do a double-take. I thought “what?” There’s flowers growing on that vine? And they’re so beautiful, and rich in colour! It’s quite odd though because there’s no other signs of life anywhere else on the vine.

I would have expected if there was new growth, it would start coming through all over the vine, not just in one section alone. Looking at it again today when I took this photograph, I was reminded of how it is God’s job to keep us in His Son – the reality of the picture Jesus gave us of Him being the Vine and us being the branches. Looking at this cluster of flowers where it seems there’s no other life on the vine, reminded me that God is faithful to Himself and therefore faithful to us.

Ephesians 1:4 tells us very clearly that it was God who placed us (believers) inside His Son;

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 4For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love 5He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will,…

Jude 1:24 tells us that it is God who keeps us in His Son;

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

Philippians 1:6 tells us that it is God who perfects and completes in us what He Himself started;

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns

Dear saint, be assured that these promises are yes and amen because Christ is the Yes and Amen of God. You and I are in Christ. We are as in Christ as the life is in that vine to produce beautiful flowers. We share His royal blood – the colour of purple. And although there may be seasons and times where it appears there is no life at all, the Life is always there. The flowers are always there hidden inside that vine until God Himself brings them through as a beautiful display of His Son’s Life and for His very own glorious inheritance.

Wow. What a God we have. What a Christ.

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5 thoughts on “We’re Kept In The Vine

  1. So, so beautifully said, My Sister, “…What a God we have. What a Christ..” , thank you. This is such a witness to what the Lord has been teaching me lately. Reading and meditating through the book, “Abiding in Christ” by Andrew Murray, it was just this morning I was at the chapter where he talks about God, the Father being the husbandman in the garden where the Vine is planted. In this I see two sides of God in relation to our, the saints connection to the Vine; 1. It was His idea for “He placed us in Christ before the foundations of the world”, and 2. He sustains us in the Vine as the scripture you refer (phil 1:6) to so well tells us. Though sometimes difficult for our minds to embrace and live out, I like the way (Rom 8:28) puts the two aspect; “And we know that all things work (His ordering in our sustenance and progress) together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (all things in Christ, placement in Christ). By Him we both are and abide in the Vine. Amen to what you’ve said.

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    • Oh Patrick, that’s amazing that you are reading that book of Andrew Murray’s and that you mention it. I actually was going to include it as a link on the post but forgot! I only read that book a few months ago and it has never left me, that it was God the Father, yes the Husbandman who placed me in the Vine. It was such a revelation to me, and gave me such incredible comfort and rest – to know that it’s not my job! It’s His job! And He is faithful to Himself. Wow. What a powerful truth. And yes again, what an incredible God we have! So glad to be in Him together with you brother πŸ™‚

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