I am excited to see how the Lord is leading; now combining two series in one. In Sharing Our Meds last week, we see how Words of Life ~ From A-Z ~ the Ordinary Vocabulary of a Christian fits into our treatise Beyond a Mere Christianity. If you are unsure, please bear with us.
Last week we offered the first of Words of Life:
“Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” Romans 12:9
We see the difference in the evil nature of this world with its gods, and the nature of Christianity, which is Inexhaustible Goodness, the kingdom of our GOD as Creator, Redeemer and Father.
This week we offer the second of Words of Life: Abide
We will see how these words connect to Beyond a Mere Christianity.
In the Old Testament
ABIDE in the Concordance is H3885
defines the word (loon or leen) to stay permanently; endure; continue (cause to) lodge. (Maybe this is where some get the idea that God’s people are looney.) 🙂
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
We see three sets of words that are similar: dwelleth and abide; secret and shadow; most High and the Almighty.
So we may ask, “Is this parallelism?” Maybe, but, we want to compare the meanings of the word dwelleth with abide.
Dwelleth H3427 is defined in Hebrew as yawshah meaning, sit down (cause to) settle, to marry.
They are similar, but there seems to be a contrast of dwelling, as an entering into, to sit and settle down, even to marry.
But look at the possibility of the long-term of abiding, to the permanence, endurance and continuing, perhaps, forever.
The secret place of the most High and the shadow of the Almighty refer to the same place and the same person. The place is unknown to those outside of God’s kingdom; revealed through Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High (Matthew 11:25-27), who is the image of the living God (Colossians 1:15-19). Jesus speaks of the mysteries of the kingdom given only to His people in Matthew 13:11; Luke 8:10; Mark 4:11.
Many people sit down, settle in the wrong places and marry the wrong people in this world, only to regret their choices later.
Those who dwell in the secret place of the most High are brought in by the power of God’s Spirit to abide forever. As GOD is here to abide with His people through the gift of life in His Son (1 John 4:9). we are married to Christ permanently, He preserves us and we endure in Him.
(James 1:12; Colossians 1:11)
THE NEW TESTAMENT
ABIDE ~ G3306
A primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):—
abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for).
Jesus said, “I am come a light into the world,
that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. John 12:46
The Lord our God, by His Spirit and through His Son, was Emmanuel, God with us, to bring HIs people from captivity in the darkness of this world. “delivering us from the power of darkness and translating us into the kingdom of HIs dear Son” (Colossians 1:12-14).
HOW WE ABIDE
By His Spirit and Promises Through Christ
In the Doctrine of Christ (His word and commandments)
“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.”
“He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 1:9
WHY WE ABIDE
That We Bear Fruit
For proof of a true Christian, there will be fruit; not fruit that we can produce, but what the power of the Spirit of Christ produces in us.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 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.” John 15:3-4
For Fellowship, Hope, Wisdom and Knowledge
The apostle Paul speaks of the mysteries of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:7-16); of fellowship in Christ (Ephesians 3:8-12); the hope, wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ (Colossians 1:26-27 and 2:2-3). He has made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 2:6)
For Our Needs
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” John 15:7
Of the same substance are the words of Jesus in John 8:32.
“If you continue (abide) in my word you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Gracious Father in heaven, how exciting that you have revealed the secrets of your kingdom in your dear Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and brought us to abide with Him and you, now and forever. By your Spirit, so live in us and make your kingdom evident in and through us as your children. As we abide in Christ and your word abides in us, show us the fruit of your hands. Let the love, joy and peace in which we abide flow through us to others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.