Abide in Christ
The promise of eternal life made by God is sure. But abiding in the truth of the gospel, and thereby in Christ and the Father, is necessary for that life to be fulfilled.
-J. Rodman Williams (1918-2008), Renewal Theology
John 15 is a wonderful passage of discipleship, the joy of our pursuit in God, and the power of God available to those who rely upon God. Christ makes His point clear: true and effective religion is useless without abiding. Abiding in Christ is the source of all true affections towards God; without this, we merely are left with man’s efforts and attempts to please God. The description in the Greek would be that we are to remain in Christ. Here are some matters of abiding we must assess in our life.
Closely related to abiding is that of continuing. This would suggest that we are to remain steadfastly secure in Christ. Colossians 1:21-23 states that we have been reconciled to God and are to be presented blameless at His coming, with the condition “if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel.”
A further step in this journey of abiding would be enduring. There are many ups and downs in our journey with Christ. Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:10, that he “endured all things for the sake of the elect.” Verse 12 of the same passage states that “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him.”
It is also important that we make firm or confirm our relationship with Christ. In 2 Peter 1:10, we are encouraged to be “diligent to make your call and election sure.” The Greek is to make it “firm.”
Lastly, it is necessary for us to remain faithful to the end. We know of God’s faithfulness, and we are to remain faithful also. Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Today, ask the Holy Spirit to help you abide in Christ, that you may continue on in enduring with a firm faithfulness.