Summary: This sermon reveals what it means to abide in Christ and its importance.
Abiding in Christ
This concept of “Abiding in Christ” is one of the most important aspects we can learn. The word itself is a verb. Abiding is therefore an action and means to continue, remain, dwell, live, or to lodge. We can then say that to abide in Christ is to remain and continue in, to live and dwell in Christ.
When Jesus tells us to abide in Him, there’s a very good reason. So let’s take a look at this section of Scripture.
“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 bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 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. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My word. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:1-8 NKJV)
Let’s take a moment and look at why abiding is so important.
“He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5b NKJV)
• Here our abiding in Christ directly affects our work and responsibilities
“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6 NKJV)
• Here our abiding in Christ, or lack thereof, directly affects our eternal life
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7 NKJV)
• Here our abiding in Christ directly affects our communication with God
“Whoever abides in Him does not sin.” (1 John 3:6a NKJV)
• Here our abiding in Christ directly affects our walk with God
A proper understanding of what it means to Abide in Christ is therefore critical.
We find that it was such an abiding relationship that Jesus had with the Father, which energized and defined His ministry. When confronting the religious leaders who said He was blaspheming by calling Himself the Son of God, Jesus said,
“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him” (John 10:37-38 NKJV)
When Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, Jesus said,
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works” (John 14:10 NKJV)
Speaking of the coming resurrection of believers, Jesus talks about how vital this connection with His Father is.