I AM THE VINE, YOU ARE THE BRANCHES
Jesus teaches union with Himself.
BY: ANTHONY Den HARTOG
MARCH 30, 2009
“I am the real vine my Father is the vine-dresser. He removes any of my branches which are not bearing fruit and He prunes every branch that does bear fruit to increase its yield. Now you have already been pruned by my words. You must go on growing in me and I will grow in you. For, just as the branch cannot bear any fruit unless it shares the life of the vine; so you can produce nothing unless you go on growing in me. I am the vine itself you are the branches. It is the man who shares my life and whose life I share who proves fruitful.” John 15:1-5.
Within each one of us there is a Presence that speaks. What speaks in us is the Living Christ the Substance and Nature of all Living. There is a Spirit in Man and the inspiration of the Almighty gives us understanding as to who we are in Christ Jesus. This Voice brings understanding to what and who we are in Christ. The Holy Spirit does not speak of self as an independent being He only speaks of the only begotten of the Father Jesus the risen and ascended Lord in whom we are all complete (Finnish, make whole, or perfect having no part lacking fully realized). This awareness of the true Life Principle is restored to us through the ‘re-cognition’ of the first Voice.
Let us anoint our eyes with eye salve that we may see what the mystery of God truly is.
Behold a door OPEN in heaven (Consciousness).
After this I looked a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me which said “Come up higher and I will show you things which must be hereafter”. And immediately I was in the spirit: and behold a throne was set in heaven and one sat on the throne. Rev 4.
The Voice of the ascended Christ Jesus introduces a vision of what is to unfold before us which cannot be known by the natural mind. The true Self of God which is the ‘I AM’ is the only true God and is spiritually discerned and appreciated. It is wonderful!
“If you be risen with Christ seek those things which are above where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection or mind on things above not on things on the earth. For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life shall appear then shall we also appear with him in glory?” Col 3. Wonderful!
This unction of God’s intelligence we hear intuitively as Christ within lives as you and I. Paul terms it “Our Life”! Remember our life is not our own so called human sense of life which is but illusory as it was never God ordained. Can you hear? Our life is also the substance and nature of all living it is the only begotten of the Father full of Grace and Truth.
In Gal. 2 we read: “For I through the law am dead to the law that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live yet not But Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness comes by the law then Jesus is dead in vain.”
It is true that too often we are not aware that there is something within us that is greater then our human reason more powerful then our human sense of life which is but a mask imposed upon us by Adam. There is a Vision beyond our five sense gates that is far greater that we can ever imagine it is the Realm of the Kingdom of God in which all things are already ours by heritage. It is wonderful.
However this true revelation of our true Self—hood as God knows us comes only by hearing the Living Word speak in silence. When we hear and feel it intuitively it becomes possible to access this abundance! Too often because we are still insensitive to this Presence within us we are determined to live our own lives as human beings and that means we are living in a false sense of life and are under the Law of Sin and dying we will die. In our humanity we will continue to suffer guilt lack and fear of death. If we desire to be free from guilt, fear and lack we need to be born again of the Spirit and recognize that we do no longer have a life of our own to live and look after. Christ is our Life and all what we will ever need for all eternity is already within us as our heritage.
Jesus said: “All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enters in he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture. The thief (sense of self life wrong attitude) comes not but for to steal and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10.
You see, beloved, the promise of Abundance was not given to the man of flesh (the one who lives by the outer appearance of lack). The promise of Life was made to the Seed of God which is the Christ Image in whom all the fullness dwells and there is only One! Can you hear Me… those of you who are still searching for reality in the physical attempting to heal and promote our human existence as long as possible?
In our humanity we make our own decisions we rely on our own wisdom trust our own judgment or human strength but this is only because we have not yet come into the actual experience of this Christ reality prepared for us by Jesus who died as the last sense of separation. He suffered the curse of the Law of duality so that you and I can be free from the Law of sin and death.
1. Jesus called this Presence within us ‘Our Father’.
2. Paul called it Christ that dwells in me as Me the hope of Glory.
Our Father is the Realm of ‘I AM’ where all things already are perfect and whole. The ‘I AM’ is the realm of Now where the flowers grow. The ‘I’ of God is called the Father’s House. In our Father’s House we know the truth of Being totally Self—sufficient and all you will have need of for all eternity is invested in this Consciousness of I HAVE. It is there for you and I to recognize and obtain this total fulfillment in silent listening as faith the substance of all things hoped for comes by hearing. (Obedience)
In our human sense of life we are like the prodigal who wasted his substance on riotous living. As we are all prodigal in our human sense of life we all must return to this inner Realm of God’s Presence where all things are already ours by faith. Are you hearing me those of you who are still suffering in Adam?
However, before this Presence makes Itself known in our experience there comes a period in which we first must ‘re-cognise’ that It exists. Recognition then is the first principle of Life. We must become still in our reasoning mind in order to hear the Christ speak in silence.
The Presence of God needs to be heard and felt intuitively beyond our physical sense of life it is then that Salvation comes into our experience. When we hear the Voice of the Son of God thunder in our hearts it is then that the door of Life (open door in heaven) is opened unto us not until then! Don’t forget there are many false religious voices to mislead us into error and as long as we have a sense of guilt and fear of judgment we are in error.
On the Spiritual Path the Christian can only believe that there is such a realm if it is told to him or her under the anointing of the teacher who is already free of a sense of independent life as a human. That is why we are led to teachers who already are connected to this inner Kingdom and show forth a healing consciousness.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matt 7:18.
It is usually told to him by a teacher who has already been regenerated and has become aware of this mystery Kingdom that abides within all of us. We see fruit manifesting and flow as healings, peace, and joy without criticism.
Jesus our inner teacher says: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth where moth and rust does corrupt and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust does corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye is single your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye is evil your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matt 6:19-24.
Now we can begin to serve and obey the inner Voice of Christ Jesus so that Life to the fullest will begin to flow to us and from us. Our true Self which is the Christ image will lead us into green pastures beside the still waters. In this Holy Ghost led Life we must no longer be led astray by those who still do not have this assurance of the Finished Kingdom and continue in the symbolisms of Hebrew doctrine, which usually brings about condemnation and fear of a coming judgment. Remember we can no longer serve our own fear sense of life that causes darkness to envelope us and in it we lose our way.
The Shepherd of our Soul is our Lord Jesus Christ who has already proven that the Way of Righteousness works He rose from the dead praise His Holy Name.
Jesus has demonstrated that there is no death and no lack in this Way and blessed are they who hear His Voice and follow Him in the re-generation. It is wonderful. Can you say amen, beloved? You see, friends, the god of this world (carnal reason of the sense world) has blinded and hardened the heart of those who believe not lest the Light of the Glorious Gospel of Christ Jesus who is the Image of God should shine unto them. It is wonderful if you hear this Gospel now! 2 Cor. 4:4-7
In one way or another regardless of how it is brought to our attention it must first of all come into our awareness does it not? We must become aware that there is a Presence within Me. He that is within me – that is greater then my human perception of Life. This is the Spirit of Christ Jesus it is prompting us to awaken to God’s Presence and with this perception of something greater then the “I” self of our humanity comes the continuous recognition that “I” abides within me and “I” goes before me to straighten out the crooked sense world.
This recognition of the Presence of “I” leads me through pain; it brings me through my sense of lack and fear. By its never failing love it will lead me into all what is wonderful; it brings no sorrow.
Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Isa. 14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give you rest from your sorrow and your fear and from the hard bondage wherein you were made to serve.
The Presence of “I am” is my Wisdom. It is my sanctification, my redemption, my intelligence, my activity it is all I need for all eternity. I must now consciously abide in this Truth of ‘My Father and I are One Being’. I must abide in Christ Jesus I shall eat of His flesh and drink of His blood it is then that I have Life to the fullest flowing through me.
When this ‘recognition’ comes, “I” my true Self speaks and says: “Fear not, I am with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you. I will be with you unto the end of the world”.
He speaks very often to you in the word “I” be not afraid it is “I”.
It brings continually to your awareness the fact that we are not walking the earth alone “I” go before you “I” will never forsake you. The fact that our human life style presents to us the life of duality (two eyes) and therefore we feel sometimes that when we acknowledge God in us or the Christ indwelling that we also are indulging in duality for there seems to be two, Christ and I, and that beloved is impossible for there is only One True Self and that is Christ the Image of the Living God. Isn’t it wonderful!!
The mystery of One Self-hood as the nature and substance of all form cannot be logically explained. The same as God cannot be reasoned out or explained by any one neither can we know our true Self with the reasoning mind which always feels that this is heresy. God has to be intuitively realized as our Life. IT IS HEARD IN SILENCE.
Although there is this ‘I’ that is within us as the Presence of God it does not make for duality. The I AM is actually the Self of all being it is Omnipresent Being and it is the only Life principle there is in reality there is no other I AM.
The Body of Christ is the Expression of this Christ Self when it is recognized not until then is there any fruit.
Now this Self which I am even when you declare it as ‘I’ this One is greater then my human self which is but an imaginary self – formed out of the dust of human reason. Gen 2.
Can you not see that this which is invisible and eternal is the source of your inspiration?
CHRIST JESUS IS the image of the invisible God. The firstborn of every creature:
“I am” is the source and cause of our very life even though we are One with it “I” is greater then you. The Father (I AM) is the cause you are His expression but those two are One Being it is wonderful!
In the same sense we speak of the branch of the vine and the vine can you see this? Are they two or one? This relationship can never be separated – it will always be One.
Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abide in the vine no more can you except you abide in Me.
I am the vine you are the branches: He that abides in Me and I in him he same brings forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing. If a man abides not in Me he is cast forth as a branch and is withered and men gather them and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what you will and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified that you bear much fruit so shall you be My disciples.” John 15
Even though the Vine is greater than the branch they still cannot be separated therefore the Life of the Vine and the Branch is One Life, One Being, and expression. Can you see this?
There is no duality. However there can be a sense of duality when we think we are separated from the Vine for then the branch is no longer enjoying the Vine Life and withers and dies.
So the Word ‘Vine’ includes ‘branch’ so the Word God also includes individual being just like the whole Vine includes branch. The branch is not something separate and apart from the Vine.
There is no such thing as the life of a branch and the life of the Vine. The Life of the Vine IS THE LIFE OF THE BRANCH and as long as there is an awareness of this consciously without a sense of inferiority or guilt or fear we also are One Life in God it is wonderful!
It is only when the branch thinks it is separated from the Vine that the branch now has a life of its own to live and it withers and dies.
This is the sense of separation which is still very common in what is known as kingdom teachers today. We need to correct our feeling of separation and acknowledge the only begotten Branch of God.
Jesus as the Righteous Branch was cut off from the Vine of Life temporarily in order to redeem you and Ito be again joined to the Father Vine by One Spirit. You can now again cry Abba Father. Jesus gave you ‘access’ to the Life of the Vine. Now drink of the Blood of His Nature and Life and be restored to your full Son ship Heritage through recognizing the Voice of the Father who says “Son or daughter all that I AM and all that I have is yours”.
Jesus restored you to the Vine of the Father consciousness by first surrendering his Hebrew heritage as a separated life form and destroyed the sense of duality once and for all. Jesus is now our High-priest and Mediator after the Order of Melchizedek the administrator of an endless Life it is wonderful hear ye Him!
Adam in his sense of guilt and nakedness was cut off from the Vine and withered but now by One Christ Jesus we are cleansed by His Blood we are now restored back to the Fathers House whose house we are.
And so as the Human Adam still sees himself separate and apart from the Vine he cannot enter the Kingdom Realm of Abundance. It is a sense of guilt and fear of judgment that keeps us separated from the Vine Life. This sin-sense is still a common factor in so many Christians today because they do not yet know the Father of Jesus El-Elyon the Al-mighty of God’s Presence to whom He joined us as One Life expression.
Many, because of this sense of separation, are still under the curse of the Law God thinking that they have a separate life to live or even think that they have to be conformed to God’s Image. In this conviction they will die in their sin (mistaken I-dentity) for we are already conformed, justified and glorified by the Blood of the Lamb of God.
“And we know that all things work together for good (not good and evil) to them that love God to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate, conformed to the image of his Son that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate them he also called: and whom he called them he also justified: and whom he justified them he also glorified.” Rom. 8:28-31.
IT IS FINISHED!
What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us who can be against us?
GOD IS ALL and ALL IS GOD!
Love to all Tony and Martha.
A LETTER FROM PAUL THE APOSTLE.
For I want you to know how strenuous are my exertions for you and the Laodiceans and all who have never set eyes on me. (That is us who are reading this today. Let us listen as we have never listened before).
Paul continues. I want you all to continue in good heart and in unity of love and to come to the full wealth of conviction which understanding brings and grasps God’s secret. That secret is CHRIST HIMSELF. In Him, lie hidden all God’s treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this to save you from being talked into error by specious (Seeming to be correct, beautiful but not really so.) arguments. For though absent in body, I am with you in spirit and rejoice to see your orderly array and the firm front which your faith in CHRIST presents.
Therefore since JESUS was delivered to you as CHRIST and LORD live your lives in union with Him. Be rooted in Him be build in Him be consolidated in the faith you were taught let your hearts overflow with thankfulness. Be on your guard. Do not let your minds be captured by hollow and delusive speculations based on traditions of man-made teaching and centered on the elemental spirits of the world and not in CHRIST.
For it is in CHRIST that the complete being of the Godhead dwells embodied and in Him you have been brought to completion. Every power and authority in the universe is subject to Him as Head. In Him also you were circumcised, not in the physical sense, but by being divested of the lower nature. This is CHRIST’S way of circumcision. For in baptism you were buried with Him. In baptism also you were raised to life with Him through your faith in the active power of God who raised Him from the dead. And, although you were dead because of your sins and because you were morally uncircumcised… He has made you alive with CHRIST… For He has forgiven us all our sins. He has cancelled the bond which pledged us to the decrees of the law. It stood against us but He has set it aside, nailed it to the cross. On that cross He discarded the cosmic powers and authorities like a garment. He made a public spectacle of them and led them as captives in His final triumphal procession. Colossians 2.
That we may grasp the awareness of GOD HIMSELF.
May our spiritual experience become richer as we see more fully GOD’s secret CHRIST, HIMSELF.
For it is in Him and in Him alone that man will find all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Yet it is in Him that GOD gives a full and complete expression of HIMSELF. Moreover your own completeness is only realized in Him who is the authority over all authorities.
Joy to the world the LORD is come!
For this purpose is the Son of GOD manifest. He did not come on his own accord He was SENT. GOD Almighty God so loved the world He sent His Son to redeem us so then for this purpose was the Son of God manifest to destroy (to annul, to render idle, to unemploy, to render inactive, to bring to naught, to make of no effect, to cease, to do away with) the work of the evil one. No principality or power can stand before my LORD. He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. In His final glorious triumphant act!
“For You, LORD, has made me glad through Your work: I will triumph in the works of Your hands.” Psa. 92:4.
”But He was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Isa. 53:5.
For the one whom GOD sent speaks the authentic word of GOD. And there can be no measuring of the Spirit given Him! The Father loves the Son and has put every-thing into His hand the man who believes in the Son has eternal life.
“Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father.” 1 John 2
There is a strange and very little observed law ever operating among us. It is the law of Vicarious or transferred suffering. Jesus saw this law and entered into it and for all who would accept His Great offer there is freedom from unconscious or mechanical guilt. If a Mother shuts her child into a closet to discipline it thinking that she is doing right how does she know that the shock of the closeness and the darkness causes arrested brain development in the child and under the action of natural law he can never rise to his proper intelligence? Jesus offered to take her guilt and the child’s bearing of the consequences of the same into His own self and thereby lifts from both Mother and child the weight of the law.
”God sent forth His Son to redeem them that were under the law. He offered to do this for all unwitting sinners upon the earth. “He is the propitiation for our sins (propitiation = to gain or regain the favor of. He appeased for our sins appeased = to cause to subside, pacify.) Not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” said John. 1 John 2:2.
Holy Spirit please open the eyes of our understanding that we may receive the revelation of this letter we have just read. It will raise us to the most wonderful place of Your Presence and we will see like You see.
“But we all with an open unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the Glory (Bliss Heerlijkheid) of the Lord are being transformed into the same Image from Glory to Glory just as by the Spirit of the LORD YHWH.” 2 Cor. 3:18.
I like to share a song we used to sing. I am sure you know it. We can sing it together.
From Glory to Glory He’s changing me, changing me. His Likeness and Image to perfect in me. The Love of God shown to the world. Changing, He’s changing me – from earthly things to the Heavenly.
His Likeness and Image to perfect in me, the Love of God shown to the world.
This is the best news I have ever heard – truly the Gospel of Christ Jesus is the power of God unto Salvation and in that Gospel is the righteousness of God revealed. Hallelujah!!!
Now prayer is the capacity to recognize God – The power to align your self with the Presence—and the power which results in manifestation.
“When you pray believe that you shall receive and it shall be so.”
In loving oneness,
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