GRAFTED into the VINE
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Abide in Me, and I in you. And the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.”
All that the Father has put into the Vine, the engrafted branches are to draw out, as they abide in the Vine. Severed from the Vine we are sure to wither and fade away, but in abiding in Him we have access to all the resources resident in the Vine. One may not know at present just what all it means by the word ‘fullness’ but that need not hinder us from saying,
The word ‘branch’ used here, from the Greek ‘klema’, means a cutting, a slip. Same expression used in our grafting today, slips, shoots, or a cutting. Not the big stiff branches, but those tender little twigs.
Engraft means to insert a cutting or slip into another plant so that a permanent union is effected. Williams’s translation bears out this thought of UNION,
O wonder of the ages, O miracle divine,
Each life a new creation when grafted to the Vine.