Saturday, August 3, 2013

Muscadine Grapes and Purity

Our small arbor of muscadine grapes.
How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. Psalm 119:9

You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.  John 15:3-4

The purity that the Psalmist speaks of is seen in the words spoken by Jesus. Jesus' message, the Gospel, is a living, transforming message. It not only cleanses the soul, but goes about the process of pruning away the dead remains of our old life. According to Jesus, those evidences actually define us. They determine whether the message has taken root in our lives.

Just as the grapes growing in our small arbor cling to their vines to sustain life, so, too, Jesus is our vine that carries spiritual life to us, the branches. Staying pure means that Christ, the Living Word, IS the life of God that starts invisibly upon salvation, but evidence its life in us visibly.

The message of the written Word is not an aside, but remains essential to maintaining a pure spiritual life. Jesus said, you are purified by the message I have given you...

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