Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” We all know this phrase and we flippantly spew it forth when we attempt to rip telephone books.
We need to know the context of this phrase, “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.”
Note the following:
1)This verse has nothing to do with phone book ripping.
2) It has everything to do with doing good works and bringing forth fruit.
Good works result in fruit, “let our’s also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.”
Here is where Christian minds explode, “But we are of grace not of works. It’s one or the other, bub.”
For salvation it is–we re saved by grace not works. Once a man is saved, God’s grace grows him in sanctification and good works.
We are created IN Christ unto good works. The branch who is continuing in Christ (a saved believer) will bring forth much fruit. No discussion here about yielding, choosing, deciding, rededicating, etc. It’s just a fact.
When these good works occur they are God’s works in us, a result of being in Him. John says, “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
True, spiritual good works bring glory to our Father in heaven. Without the Son you cannot please the Father. With the Son you will bring forth fruit because you have been created in the Son to do good works.
I love it!