The Meaning of “Abiding in Christ”

The word, “abide,” means: “To wait for, to endure without yielding, to bear patiently, to accept without objection, to remain stable or fixed in a state, to continue in a place” (Merriam-Webster online).

In the Book of John, Jesus says, “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 (Jn. 15:4)…If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you (Jn. 15:7)…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:31-32).

Axiom seven of the Christian worldview states, “The Church is the fellowship of the redeemed, bearing witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and worshipping the one true God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the Church being the body of Christ)” (Mohler, 2001). In Colossians, Paul expresses, “And He (meaning Christ) is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence” (Col. 1:18).

For me, abiding in Christ means to understand that Christ lowered Himself to become a Man to teach us about God, and then took our place in death. I must never forget what God has done for me. If I remember Christ’s death on the cross, follow His teachings, and lean only on Him, I would be abiding in Him. In an Old Testament class, it was pointed out that God, in His covenant with Abraham, promised His own death if either party broke the terms of the covenant (Gen. 15). The promise of that covenant was fulfilled with the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, and His death marked the beginning of a new covenant.

Copyright © 2007 M. Teresa Trascritti

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