John 15:5: “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.”
In our last lesson, we talked about how we are in Christ now that we are saved. As John 15:5 says, we are the branches and Christ is the vine. However, not only are the branches in the vine, but the vine is also in the branches. After the branch is grafted into the vine, the very life of the vine begins to flow through it. This is what keeps the branch alive and causes it to bear fruit.
This teaches us that not only are we in Christ, but He is also in us. We have the very life of Christ in us. How can this be? Let us look at how Jesus Christ explained this to His disciples.
When He was here on earth, the Lord Jesus walked and talked with His disciples. They enjoyed the times they spent with Him. But, one day, He told them something that made them very sorrowful. He told them that He would soon be leaving them. But Jesus comforted His disciples with these words in John 14:16-17: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”
Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to abide with them forever. And He would not just be with them, but He would be in them. Then He added these words: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” So we see that the coming of the Holy Spirit would be the coming of the Lord Jesus Himself to live in them.
It was as if the Lord Jesus had said, “I am going away, but I am coming back to you in a new way. In the person of the Holy Spirit, I am coming to live in you, and I will never leave you.” Jesus said, “At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”
Shortly after Jesus had spoken these words, He was crucified and buried. On the third day, He arose and appeared to His disciples in His resurrection body. After 40 days, He ascended back into Heaven where He was exalted to the highest place in the universe at the right hand of the father.
The Bible says: “[God] raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.”
For ten days after the ascension of the Lord Jesus, the disciples met together, praying and fasting. On the day of Pentecost, the Lord Jesus came back to His disciples in a new and wonderful way. He came to live in them. Acts 2 tells us that “when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost…” From that day on, whenever a person is born again, immediately the Spirit of Christ comes to dwell in him.
The Bible says in Galatians 4:6, “Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts…” Christ lives in us by His Spirit so that we can truly say, “Christ lives in me.”