John 15:1-5 (KJV)

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The Holy Spirit’s job is to live the life of Christ through each believer.

This process is known by a variety of names, including the exchanged life, the Spirit-filled life, and the abiding life.

All of these monikers describe the joyful existence Paul spoke of in Galatians 2:20: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.”

The apostle meant those words literally.

Seen from the outside, a branch does not appear to be doing anything.

But don’t get the idea that the abiding life is passive.

Jesus was the perfect example of a Spirit-filled life, and He certainly didn’t sit around!

He worked hard out of a reservoir of divine energy (John 14:10).

All of Christ’s wisdom, knowledge, and courage were drawn from God through the Holy Spirit.

The fruit of the Spirit does not pop out of believers through effort; Christians bear fruit through surrender.

We “take root” in the heavenly Father by meditating on His Word, praying, and serving.

We reserve nothing for ourselves to control but fully rely upon Him. That’s not passive living; it’s an abiding life

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