Abiding “In Christ”

In this letter let’s take a look at what it means to Abide in Christ. “Abiding in Christ” is the very foundation of prayer and a vital component of prayer. What do we mean “to abide – in Christ”?

  • To abide – has to do with waiting. To abide – also involves remaining stable or fixed.
  • To abide – relates to continuing in a given place or dwelling. As we look at the definitions above on “abiding” we can see how important it is to “abide in Christ’.

“Abiding in Christ” is all about staying fixed in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ; that is keeping our eyes fixed on the goal ahead, being with Him for eternity. This will take being always watchful and waiting in Christ through reading His Word, prayer and fellowshipping with other believers. This also brings forth a stable and fixed determination or steadfastness in and with Him…a continual love for Him. It was once said that the best witness of Christ to our families and friends is the life we live before them.

An important key to answered prayer is “abiding” or staying put in Christ. Jesus Himself tells us of this very important aspect of abiding in Him as stated in these scriptures.

  • John 15:4 – 5 (NLT) Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
  • Acts 17:28 (NLT) For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
  • Colossians 1:16 – 17 (NLT) for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
  • Acts 17:28 (NLT) For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
  • Colossians 1:16 – 17 (NLT) for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

As we have seen, “abiding in Christ”: involves:

  • waiting,
  • preserving,
  • enduring,
  • keeping on keeping on,
  • staying put, withstanding,
  • bearing patiently, and
  • staying fixed on the prize ahead of us.

For we are promised eternal life if we stay planted in Christ Jesus. The key to receiving all that God has for the believer is to “abide in Christ” –

  • stay in the faith;
  • remain faithful,
  • stay obedient to the teachings of the Lord.

The scriptures in 1 John 2 tells us of the importance of “abiding in Christ” and the importance of receiving the infilling of the Holy Spirit after we are born-again, which will guide, teach and warn us of the things to come.

1 John 2:24 – 28 (NLT) So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us. I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.

Let me encourage you today to abide in Christ. If we allow the Word of God to abide in us, the Holy Spirit, the anointing of God will surface in our prayers, blessing our prayers and actions, becoming fruitful in all we do.

As the scripture states if we “abide”, “remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.” Again let me state that obedience is a key element in “abiding in Christ”,

  • 1 John 3:24 (NLT) Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.

Remaining in fellowship (unity) with our maker, God our Father, should be of the uttermost importance in our life. This will take an active relationship, a life of watchfulness, obedience, abiding in Christ; allowing the Spirit to lead, guide and teach us all things that of following the truth and not lies. This is the purpose of the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) concerning the truth in all things. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit in my life.

My Spirit cries out… “not my will (my life) but yours” Father God! This, I believe is God’s very purpose in creating mankind, for God’s pleasure, His Spirit flowing through us; a life of fruit bearing for His Kingdom, as Jesus stated in

  • John 15:16 (NLT) You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.

As we stay fixed, immovable, “abiding in Christ”; no matter what situation or state you are in, we can be assured that God is with us, Christ is with us, in us, and we are as one.

God is always faithful! What a wonderful thought! The great “I am”, the almighty, the first and the last is with us. Yes, “abiding in Christ” means everything to me…let it mean everything to you. It’s the best place to be.

He is our dwelling place and we are His abode! You can ask and He will provide when you stay fixed, immovable in Christ! Christ himself states in John:

  • John 15:7 – 8 (NLT) But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
  • John 6:63 (NLT) The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

David the Psalmist was a man after God’s own heart who spoke of the importance of obedience to the Word of God.

  • Psalms 119:9-12 (NLT) How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. I have tried hard to find you—don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. I praise you, O LORD; teach me your decrees.

The two scriptures below speak of the power of the Word of God and the change it will do in one’s life if applied and obeyed.

  • Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
  • Colossians 3:16 (NLT) Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

Jesus himself spoke of the importance of abiding in Him, remaining, obeying God and His Word…being filled with the Holy Spirit is being lead, guided and “abiding in Christ:

  • John 15:9 – 11 (NLT) “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
  • 1 John 2:5 – 6 (NLT) But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

Here are some powerful quotations about the person of Christ. May it give us some great insights into “abiding in Christ”:

  • Christ is our Way; we walk in Him (John 14:6)
  • He is our Truth; we embrace Him (John 1:14; 14:6)
  • He is our Life; we live in Him (John 14:6; Col. 3:4)
  • He is our Lord; we choose Him to rule over us (Acts 10:36; Rev. 3:14, 19:16)
  • He is our Master; we serve Him (John 13:13)
  • He is our Teacher; instructing us in the way of salvation (John 13:13)
  • He is our Prophet; pointing out the future (Acts 3:22)
  • He is our Priest; having atoned for us (1 John 2:2)
  • He is our Advocate; ever living to make intercession for us (1 John 2:1)
  • He is our Savior; saving to the uttermost (Eph. 5:23; Ti. 1:4; 3:6; 2 Pet. 2:20) He is our Root; we grow from Him (Rev.5:5; 22:16)
  • He is our Shepherd; leading us into green pastures (1 Pet. 5:4; Heb. 13:20)
  • He is our true Vine; we abide in Him (John 15:1; Acts 17:28)
  • He is the Water of life; we satisfy our thirst from Him (John 4:14)
  • He is the fairest among the thousand; we admire him above all others (Solomon 5:10)
  • He is the brightest of the father’s glory, We strive to reflect His likeness (Heb.1:3; 2 Cor. 4:6)
  • He is the upholder of all things; we rest upon Him (1 Cor. 8:6)
  • He is our Wisdom; we are guided by Him (1 Cor. 1:30)
  • He is our Righteousness; we cast all our imperfections upon Him
  • (1 Cor. 1:30)
  • He is our Sanctification; we draw all our power for holy life from Him (1 Cor. 1:30)
  • He is our Redemption; redeeming us from all iniquity (1 Cor. 1:30)
  • He is our Healer; curing all our diseases (Matt. 8:5-17)
  • He is our Friend; relieving us in all our necessities (John 15:13-15)
  • He is our Brother; cheering us in our difficulties (Heb. 2:11; Rom.8:29)

To abide in Christ is to abide in all of these truths. He is in us and we are in Him… …Jesus is all in all to us. May these TRUTH’S take root in our hearts as we live our lives “IN Him”, today.

Love in Christ Jesus,
Paul

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