“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:53-54 NASB
The life of Jesus Christ is manifested in us when we feed on Him. That is, feed on his flesh and blood. This does not just mean taking holy communion, but also it speaks of being a partaker of His death and resurrection through faith. When we eat His body we are believing that His body is broken for us, and that He died, was buried, and was raised from the dead by the power of God. When we drink of His blood we are believing that His blood is shed for our sins. When we believe and live in this reality we are living in Him, and because we live in Him, we live forever.
Therefore, in order for the life of Jesus to be manifested in us, we must be conscious of the reality of His death and resurrection every moment of our lives. Our life comes from feeding on His flesh and blood. If we stop feeding on Him, we die and there will be no life left in us. If we feed on Him by being conscious of Him through the Scriptures by the Spirit of God, His life will be manifested in and through us.
“Every branch IN ME that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” John 15:2
Not every one who is on the vine is a true believer. Just because we are grafted to the vine does not mean that we are Christians. In fact, if the life of Christ does not flow from the vine to the branches, then it’s questionable whether the branches are abiding or not!
The concept of abiding must be understood as the life of Christ flowing in and through us to cause us to bear much fruit. If that’s not the case, then the vine dresser will take away every branch IN CHRIST that does not bear fruit.
Therefore, we must understand the confession of our faith is not necessarily the true measure of our salvation. Sadly, that’s what’s happening today. People who confess to be in Christ are openly proud of their sins!
Faith does not deny facts! What we enjoy and love doing is always reflective of what we believe in. If our confession does not cause us to change our lifestyles, our character, our desires and our ambitions, then we cannot say that we have truly believed, because where Christ abides, there is always enough grace that causes change and reformation to take place.
No fruit means no abiding.
Claiming to be in Christ does not qualify one as abiding in Him, because those who abide will have the life of Christ flowing into their veins, causing them to bear much fruit.