"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Living according to God's word, is abiding in God; If we abide in God,
he will abide in Us.
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Counterfeit abiding of Jesus Christ
Living according to God's word, is abiding in God; If we abide in God, he will abide in Us.
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This is just to give the meaning of the word "Abide'. We say, abide in God, and abide in Christ. What do we mean by saying these. Does the Bible actually means that, or we are just saying something. Now, in Sunday schools or in the pulpits, abiding starts in a very simple way. They say ask Jesus to come in your heat, and Jesus will be in your heart. Or, they say that Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart, so open your heart and receive him inside your heart, and then he will be in. And the abiding is done quickly. That is it, if you believe that he abides in you, then he abides in you. But, what is the proof that he is in our hearts? They say just believe that he is in our hearts without doubting, and if your heart believes it, that is the conformation. It is so easy. If we live in sin, then what? They say, still he will be faithful and they say that he will never leave you or forsake you. So they quote such verses and say God will be faithful despite we commit sin. Such manipulations of scriptures are counterfeit abiding; it is not true abiding, but they are deceptions.
Then, what is the true abiding? Jesus Christ says in "John 10:30 I and my Father are one." They both abide in each other as one. That is the abiding. A prayer of Jesus Christ is recorded in the entire seventeenth chapter of the book of John, He mentions in verses 6 and 9, "6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: (God took them out of the world and gave them to Jesus) thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word." These people kept the word of God, that means they have lived according to the word of God. "9 says, I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine." In verse 6, there is a group that kept the word of God, and they are the people of God; and in verse 9, he says that he prays to God only for them, and not for the world. In verse 21 he prays, "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: ..." Here Jesus Christ desires that those people who kept the word of God, must abide in God, in the same way Jesus and God the Father are one. So, keeping his word is the pre-requisite to his abiding; and is respected and valued for the abiding. Asking God to come in your heart and believing that he is in our heart and in us, and chanting clichés and such things are fake; and they are deception.
John 15:4 Jesus Christ says, "Abide in me, and I in you." Jesus tells his disciples to live in him, or rather to live by his word; that is by his commandments, and abide by them. As God, he is in Spirit, but they are not Spirit, so tells them to keep his word, or live according to his commandments. And he says that as a branch cannot bear fruit except it abides in the vine, so also you cannot bear fruits except you abide in me. He compares them to be the vine and the branch. Vine is the plant the support stem, and the branch is the fruit yielding portion. They both have to stick strongly together, for the branch to get the life and food from the vine. The branch has to get the life from the vine, then only the branch can live. The branch cannot yield fruit if it does not attach firmly with the vine as one. So also, if we do not attach with Jesus and his word, we cannot yield the fruit of righteousness. That is, we will not and we cannot live a godly life without Jesus.
"Verse 5, I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." So, if we live in Jesus Christ, if he will live in us, then we will do the works of God, that is we will speak his word, and we will live as he lived. If not for that we cannot live as he lived. "6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." If we do not live in him, that is if we do not live according to his word, then we will not yield fruit and we will be removed from him. The result is that we will be burned in the lake of fire; that is, we will be rejected for eternity. "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." That is, if you believe according to the words of Jesus Christ, that is we may say that if we do according to his commandments, that is abiding in him, whatever we ask, God says he will give it to us, it is a big promise and it is proof for the abiding, his abiding with us and our abiding with him. But the hint is, since we are abiding in his word, we will not ask beyond the limitation of the word, whatever in the word we will ask things, and not more. He will give those to you, or grant those to you as you ask. So, if we abide in God, we will do what he tells us to do, and he will also give us whatever we ask him. So, abide in him. This is what the abiding is; and it is not by telling clichés. But, it is by keeping his word.
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