In John 14:5 Jesus said “I am the vine, Ye are the branches.”
Isaiah 11:1&2 “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. 2. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;” verse 3 “And shall make him (the Branch,) of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord:”
Zachariah 3:8 Here now, O Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee: “for they are men wondered at: for behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.”
Zechariah 6:12 & 13 “Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is the BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord; 13, Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, (beauty) and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne; and the council of peace shall be between them both.”
Our bodies are the temple. This refers to body salvation. It says that twice.
Jeremiah 23:5&6 “Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is the name whereby he (the branch) shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
Jeremiah 33:15 & 16 says the same thing.
Philippians 3:9 but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. “Not of the law.
Romans 11:16 “If the root be holy, so are the branches.” Therefore we are holy enough to execute the judgment.
Romans 3:31 says that through our mercy they also shall obtain mercy. Because we are righteous, we can afford mercy.
Because the branch is a continuation of the vine, we will finish what Jesus left undone.
Let’s recap. Jesus is the vine. You, the Body of Christ, are the righteous branches. We have the spirit of the Lord, wisdom, quick understanding, council, might, knowledge, holy, and the fear of the Lord. We are a priest on a throne. We execute judgment and justice. We are servants and we are merciful.
Forever in His Love,
Diane Ebaugh Sutton