Thursday, 18 March 2021
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me” – John 15:4 NKJV
This is a command. It doesn’t begin with “if”, rather it states as a matter of fact (or in our case, as a matter of truth). Down in verse 5, He says, “For without Me you can do nothing.” Now it’s an established biblical fact that we abide in GOD through Christ, and we abide in Christ through the Holy Spirit. Also, Christ Jesus abides in us through the Spirit. Christ Jesus makes a very critical assertion in John 14:23, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” We – My Father and I – will come and abide in him and he in Us. How? Through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, We – My Father, I, and the Holy Spirit – will come and make Our home with him. Holy Spirit makes our union, relationship, and fellowship with GOD possible. He’s the Spirit of our communion with GOD.
John is even more perspicuous in this regard according to 1 John 1:3, “that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” Christ Jesus came to gift us a relationship with the Father, but it’s the Holy Spirit who makes it possible, real, and superintends it. We also as believers, our fellowship or relationship with one another is only through the Holy Spirit (very important). The Word says that GOD was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, but how did He do it? Through the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, it says that GOD has given us the ministry of reconciliation pleading through us by the Holy Spirit for the unsaved to be reconciled to Him. Oh, how humble the Father is!
When Holy Spirit is not the force that binds in Christianity, the result is splinter groups, divergent variations of Christianity, and conflicting doctrines although we have the same Bible, or at least should. The world marvels at the quadrillion forms of Christianity, which I suppose is not the case with other religious formations such as Islam and Judaism. But why is Christianity so disjointed and at war with itself? The answer is so simple it’ll confuse you: the absence of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit is the force that binds and unites all true Christians together in GOD and Christ. A dividing spirit and one that does not rightly discern the Bible is not the Spirit of God of unity, peace, reconciliation, love, and fellowship. If you look at Christianity today it’s anything but this. “Without Me, you can do nothing”.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen,” II Corinthians 13:14. Where’s the grace, love, and communion in the Church? It cannot be there without the Holy Spirit. The absence or substitution of the Holy Spirit gives rise to splits, divisions, diverse and incongruous versions of Christianity. Our faith has degenerated into chaos and become a spectacle to the world largely because of lack of knowledge and understanding, and the absence of the Holy Spirit.
But why is Christianity so disjointed and at war with itself? The answer is so simple it’ll confuse you: the absence of the Holy Spirit