God’s word for me today is in Malachi 4:1 which says:
“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them.”
This is a parallel of us, or at least it is a parallel of those of us who are in Christ. Let me tell you why: this verse says that “not a root or a branch will be left to them” but that is not true of us. In John 15:4 Jesus tells us that if we remain in him then we will bear fruit:
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
Jesus tells us that no branch can bear fruit on its own, it must be connected to the root or the vine. But in Malachi 4 God says that “not a root or a branch will be left to them”, so what could be different from Malachi’s time and today? There is 1 major difference, 1 thing that changed the world so that humans might have God’s love on them.
Jesus’ death, that’s what happened. God’s son atoned for our sins and now we can “remain in Him”, we can grow and bear fruit. But there is still a question left: how do we remain in Jesus? A: by trusting in Him as your savior! You remain in Jesus when you trust in Him and believe that He really did die for your sins!
Through Jesus’ death we have gone from “not a root or branch…” to bearing fruit in Jesus; and we bear fruit by spreading the Gospel so that others might hear and believe.
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland