This will be a two part post to cover this message. It is a lesson I have learned again just recently and it is one that many Christians are unaware of how serious a matter it is. You can't go back when you come to The Lord. You must continue to push forward.
And yet in these scriptures we see that even Jesus' disciples made this mistake mere days after He had died and was resurrected. And Jesus came to them, specifically to Peter for he was the one who made the error, and in no uncertain terms turned them around to move forward.
So today we will look at why you can't look or go back, and tomorrow we will look at what Jesus did with Peter when he looked back.
Jesus gives us a tremendous teaching in this section of scripture where He speaks about the need to abide in Him. He tells us that we need to abide in Him if we are to grow and mature, using the analogy of a vine and its branches.
There are both blessings and warnings contained in this section. The blessings lead to life eternal in Jesus Christ and the warnings lead to death and eternal separation from God.
And there is more too than these things for we see also that abiding in Jesus Christ is our source of power to be able to grow. So let us look at these teachings and learn.
Jesus said these words at the beginning of John 15:
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
2 Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
There is a lot of meaning in these few words and much that we can gain from understanding what they are saying. They are powerful words that we need to take to heart as they help us recognise several important teachings as we walk with Christ.
Let’s look at what they have to say and gain insight into the word of God, the nature and work of Jesus Christ and the Father.