"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
How to abide in the love of God? John 15:10. Keep his commandments. How to have the Holy Spirit abide in us? John 14:15. Again keep his commandments. How to abide in Christ and the Father? John 14:23. Again, keep his words. How to abide in the word of God? 2 John 1:9. Again keep his doctrine. His doctrine, his word, and his commandments are all the same. So, for all kinds of abiding of God, do just one thing, keep the commandments of Jesus Christ.
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Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon you.
Jesus Christ taught about abiding and asks us to abide in his love. What is abiding? John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Here, two persons exist as one Spirit. This is abiding. They were together all the time.
Then, the Word became a man. John 1:14. the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. One of them became flesh. What happened to the abiding? Jesus says in: John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Jesus gave them two evidences as proof for abiding. 1 the words he spoke, 2 the works he did. That is, if a man speaks the wholesome words, doing the works of the righteousness of God, then it is proof that God abides in him.
The churches teach a fake abiding of Jesus Christ. They teach that if we ask Jesus to come into our hearts then he will come and abide in our hearts from that time onwards. There is no proof for this. This is fake and it is a lie of the devil. Don't believe this statement.
Okay. If we do not have this abiding, how can we get this abiding? Let us begin with the abiding in his love. John 15:10 Jesus says If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. That is, Jesus got this abiding by keeping the commandments of God and we can also have this same abiding by keeping his commandments.
How to abide in the Holy Spirit? John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth. The condition is: again, keep his commandments.
Do you know how important the abiding of the Holy Spirit is? Rom 8:11says if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Abiding of the Holy Spirit will raise you from the dead to the glory of God. It is rapture. If you do not have this abiding, forget the rapture or the glory.
How to receive the abiding of Jesus Christ and God the Father? John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words (that is to keep his commandments): and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. That is, they will abide with him. Condition is: Keep his words. That is again, keep the commandments of Jesus Christ.
How can we abide in the word of God? 2 John 1:9 says Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. (that is, transgressing is not abiding, then obeying is abiding. So, if we obey the doctrine that Jesus preached, we will abide in his word. Notice, it is the doctrine of Christ, but not the stories about Jesus.) The same verse says, He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
Here, Jesus Christ promises something that nobody want to miss. John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. One more thing. 1 John 2:14 says the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. That is, this abiding makes us to overcome the devil.
Now, God fills the entire universe. How can he abide in us? We are just a dust. So, God says that the seed of God abides in us. Then, we will abide in the tiny thing called the Seed of God. Let us see what the seed of God will do? 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: (see if his seed remain in someone, he is born of God, if no seed he is of the devil) and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: This is the key or the true test to see whether we are the children of God, or the children of the devil. That is, if the seed of God abides in us, we will not sin, then we are the children of God. If the seed of God does not abide in us, we will commit sin, then we are children of the devil. People argue this all the time, but the matter is very simple. This is the definition given by God, but not by any church. The churches will not give this definition. But that does not matter.
Let me sum it up! How to abide in the love of God? John 15:10. Keep his commandments. How to abide in the Holy Spirit? John 14:15. Again keep his commandments. How to abide in Jesus Christ and God the Father? John 14:23 Again keep his words. How to abide in the word of God? 2 John 1:9. Again, keep his doctrine, which is his word, and which are his commandments. Put it all together. It is the seed of God? The Seed will keep us holy as children of God. Abide in the seed of God. You even cannot commit sin.
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