Raised Up and Cleansed
Raised up and cleansed
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2 NIV
We are raised up as branches. We are washed clean on the trellis (the cross) from all disease, sickness, worry, fear, aging and death so that we can be more fruitful.
There are two Greek words which help in understanding this verse. They are Airo and Kathairo. The words “cuts off” are the Greek word “Airo” which means to raise up, take up, hoist or lift. The branches need to be lifted up, raised up so they can be more fruitful. They need to be raised off the ground.
The word “prunes” is the Greek word “KATHAIRO” and it means to cleanse. The branches need to be cleaned with water to get rid of impurities from the ground. Jesus’ blood is the best disinfectant for cleaning those areas of hurt, unjust acts, unforgiveness, abuse, wrong thinking, financial loss, rejection, sickness and disease.
We are branches which need to be lifted up, taken up off the cursed ground. We need to be raised up by the Vinedresser by the washing of the Blood of Jesus on the Cross (the trellis) so that the vine can flow through us, the branch. The cross is the trellis which HE lifted up and raised up. We are wrapped around the trellis so that we can be more fruitful.
God’s word washes you daily from the contamination of this world. You have been once and for all purified by the washing of Jesus’ Blood. Your thinking is renewed daily through the clean, purifying power of God’s active and alive word in you.
It is Jesus Christ whose love raised you up, cleansed you and produces fruit through you. HE is the ONE responsible for the production of the fruit. There is nothing you can do to produce fruit. It is not your self-effort but what Jesus the Vinedresser did by raising you up and cleaning you with HIS BLOOD which allows the fruit to be produced through you.
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