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Can We Just Get Back Abiding in Christ Already?

We get so caught up in “this or that teacher,” “this or that Bible Study,” or “this or that program” in the Church, don’t we? Seriously, we want someone or something else to do the work of interpretation for us, we want someone to make our Christian walk into a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all kind of product, but the fact remains that God is personal. The Father sent the Son into the world to be one of us, to live and act as one of us, to live in a way we could not, and die the death we all so very much deserve, so that we may have New Life in Him as sons and daughters of the Father. The Son sends the Holy Spirit to live inside those who believe, to guide, and teach, to counsel and empower believers to do His will and walk and abide in Him. He gives us His word, which states His will, and the Holy Spirit lets us know what God wants, according to our ability to understand.


Teachers are good. Bible Studies are good. Even some programs are good. But none of them should ever take the place of Abiding in Christ and being in His word. Loved ones, to Abide in Christ means to live and move and breath in Christ because of what He did. To make His teachings and His way of life our way of life. To abide is to be like that woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, and knew that just to touch the hem of His robe was enough. I want to get to Jesus. His word leads me there. The Holy Spirit of God living inside me guides me there. And Abiding in Christ through the Holy Spirit by His word is enough. It should be enough for anyone.


John 15


“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken 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. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.


“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.


The Hatred of the World


“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’


“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.


1 Corinthians 1:10-18


I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.


For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.




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