Abiding Goes Both Ways

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you… The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you… Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing… When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” “ Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life… Abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.” “Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” John 14:15-17,26; 15:4-5; 16:13; 1 John 2:24-25,28; 2 John 9

Abide: accept or act in accordance with; continue without fading or being lost; remain; persist; stay; hold on; keep to; tarry; prevail. Old English: ‘wait,’ ‘onwards.’

When Jesus by His Spirit abides in us, and we as His children abide in Him, there is an inextricable bond that is powerful for our everyday living. He is our root, our stalk, our source, our lifeline. We drink Him in, cling as branches, and grow. Once so bound, we are neither separated nor the same, and should always be increasing in Christ-likeness. (2 Corinthians 1:22)

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Our abiding in Christ and His word begins with His abiding in us. His Holy Spirit regenerates our affections, exposes and convicts us of our sin, and compels us to repent and believe. Indwelling and sealing us at salvation, it is He who teaches us about God, stokes our love for His word, inspires us to grow and to tell others of Him. He apportions our gifts, which we then exercise through His power. His abiding word ignites our passion to obey. (John 16:8-11; Acts 1:8; 4:31; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12; 12:11)

When lashed with an onslaught of the world’s lies and temptations, how tenaciously do I hold on to Jesus? Do I tarry in His word until He has spoken, enlightened, and helped? What fruit in relationships, changed speech or habits, attitudes toward responsibilities, has His indwelling presence borne? (Genesis 17:22)

Lord, keep me abiding in You, holding fast to Your word, and delighting in the fellowship of Your Spirit, that my fruit-bearing display and give taste of Your glory. (2 Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 5:22-23)

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