“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
This is an echo of John 14:6 where Jesus tells us that “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Yes, we understand that a branch disconnected from its roots dies. So, as branches of Jesus, grafted into Him through faith, we can be productive, we can bear the fruits of faith.
Many graft themselves into many other false “vines;” Buddha, Mohamed, the occult, even simple optimism based on self alone. None of these work for eternity.
As in the humanism movement, good works and brotherly help can be seen in many faiths, but only in Christ are these fruits of the Spirit He first sent to His disciples; The Helper.
Good works no longer serve the purpose of salvation. They only serve the purpose of leading others to Christ, of sharing His love with all we meet.
Good works in any other name only lead people astray to false gods; humanism, optimism, inclusivity, or any number of good-feeling ideals that Satan sponsors.
Yes! Satan sponsored good works? Think on it; if Satan came to us with horns, pitchfork, and his burning pit he would steal no one away from God. No one would follow that picture! But if he comes as light and kindness he can deceive many away from their Lord and Saviour!
I applaud the intention of many to do the good works that many Christians fail to do, that they wish to be of service to their fellow man. However, I despair that they believe those good works are all there is. The only truly nourishing fruit is that which is produced, fed by the True Vine of Jesus!