Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine. I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me]. If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love. I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.
John 15:4-12 ampc
Many people say that they know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died, taking the wrath of the Father (that we deseve) and that He came back to life and now sitting at the right hand of our Father. But will that automatically mean that heaven is their home? No. First:
Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
Romans 10:9-10 ampc
We can say all day we believe in Jesus but we have to be reborn from above:
Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. [Ezek. 36:25-27.] What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not [do not be surprised, astonished] at My telling you, You must all be born anew (from above).
John 3:5-7 ampc
Believing in Jesus is not enough, and this is what I mean by that. We are saved thought faith by faith: For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
Ephesians 2:8 ampc
But another other verses come after this one and they are crucially important:
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Ephesians 2:10 AMPC
This verse clearly indicates that God has prepared good works do do. So we are saved by grace, it was a gift and we have good works to do, we don’t do them to earn our salvation, we cannot earn our salvation. But then comes the ultimate purpose:
Judas, not Iscariot, asked Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself [make Yourself real] to us and not to the world? Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him. Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but [comes] from the Father Who sent Me.
John 14:22-24 ampc
So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]. For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.
Philippians 2:12-13 amp
First you repent for your sins, believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from death. This is the awesome gift of grace, free salvation, the wrath of the Father is no longer over us. Thanks to Jesus who took it all upon Himself when He was on the cross. But then you cannot go about your life doing whatever you want; You have entered into a relationship with the Almighty God! You must, every day, put your will on God on God’s alter until the day you just do not care about your will anymore and all that is important for you is His will above all. Jesus Christ gave us His two greatest commandments:
Teacher, which kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light–which are heavy?] And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). [Deut. 6:5.] This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. [Lev. 19:18.] These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 22:36-40 ampc
And there are other commands like forgiving and others that Jesus said. We must follow His commandments for the rest of our lives. Which brings me back to the the first verse beyond the title of this post. If we obey His teachings, we will abide in Him and He with us. Then comes the sanctification process; we allow the Holy Spirit to transform us from the inside out in order for us to bear fruit of the Holy Spirit and mature in Christ with His help. We can say we believe, but if we do not obey His teachings this is what the Word say: I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:5-6 amp
If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.
John 14:15 ampc
We start by the gift of salvation which is free but the commandments of Jesus are not optional. If we do not follow His commands it is the proof that we do not love Him above everything, which is a direct disobedience to His first commandment. If we do not follow His commandments and teachings we are not abiding in Him at all and we will be cut off from the vine which is Jesus and we are not heading for eternal life in His kingdom. I pray this article will bless you!