Monday, June 9, 2014

Abide in Christ

John 15:4 (NKJV) - "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me."

We are going to embark upon a study of a very vital part of our Christian life and walk. That is the teaching of Jesus in John 15 about our being a part of the Vine. He spoke in John 15:5 (NKJV) - "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him..." This is an important issue that we need to make a part of our life daily. In the Old Testament the prophet Amos asks the question, "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" (Amos 3:3, NKJV) And we know that the answer is in reality - No.

The word "abide" (Greek meinate) means to continue, dwell, endure, remain, or tarry. This word is used 120 times in the New Testament. What Jesus is speaking about here is that we dwell with Him, we stay in fellowship with Him continually. This verse can be taken in two ways. First, it is a promise - "You abide in me, and I will abide in you," or it can be an admonition - "See to it that you abide in me, and I will abide in you." Either way, Jesus is stressing the importance of us abiding, dwelling, in Him. In fact, following up from last week's musings - maybe one of reasons we don't share and see results is because we are not abiding in Jesus.

The Bible gives us a number of images and defining items that show we are abiding in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Over the next ponderings, we will consider many of these.

Today, take the time to read John 15 three or four times. Pause, listen - what is God sharing with you? Are you willing to apply what He is teaching you?

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