Summary: To help the hearer to see the importance of abiding
Abiding in Christ
"Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him."
How can anyone, after reading this verse, walk away not believing that you cannot lose TRUE salvation?
I read this question on the internet this week and felt that it was a good place to start this message. This message has been pressing on me since I started our series on True Faith. The truth in this message is powerful because I see so many living below the grace that Jesus died to give them. And my heart is burdened to help people see that, Jesus resurrective power, can do so much more than many believers can comprehend. He came to cure the disease of sin in our lives.
To answer the initial question, I would put emphasis on the idea of "abiding. If we are continually abiding in Christ, then we will not continually sin. But if we are continually sinning, then we show our self to not be continually abiding in Christ.
The Greek word "abide" found in this verse is translated in English in these different words: … Remain, dwell, continue, tarry, endure.
Obviously the main meaning meant in this passage is to: remain, or abide
To abide is to dwell, rest, continue. We are called to abide in Him. How can this be done? 3 ways: through the Word (abide in My Word). .. through the Spirit (Dwell in you) … through Love (abide in My Love). (Adam Clarke)
Christ called His Church to "abide" in these things and thereby being different; called out from the world. If God’s people abide in Him, they will do their best to be obedient to him, and if they should
1 John 3:6 … "Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him."
Hebrews 10:38-39 says … 'Now the just shall live by faith, but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, ( A state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death.) but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:10 that 'Demas has forsaken me; having loved this present world ...
Demas must have been saved at some point in order to have been a travelling companion of the apostle Paul. He would not have used any old person to proclaim the gospel with.
We have a clear admonition from God to those that "Know God" and are "in" Him. So I would say simply if you are found "abiding in Him" then you are saved.
But the scripture clearly states:
We should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world … Tit 2:12
We are clearly and unequivocally told to be righteous. Yet I hear people quote, “there is no one righteous.” The Bible says: “let God be true and every man a liar,”
The Bible states that it is not only possible but that required.
In John 8, we have:
John 8:2 Now early in the morning Jesus came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. "Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?" This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."
Neither do I condemn you; go and stop sinning from now on
Two great truths are evident here:
1) Jesus commanded this woman to stop sinning;
2) The present tense refers to continuous action, here Jesus commanded that the action of sinning that had been in motion, STOP—