IN … indwell … abide …
What are the characteristics of your abode … your dwelling?
Here are a few I came up with …
- From an earthly perspective, it usually is not temporary
- A great deal of time, effort and money go in to KEEPing it
- Over a lifetime, we probably spend more time there than anywhere else
- Oftentimes it is shared with others … family, friends and visitors
- We go there to find rest and renewal
- We find nourishment there
- We find love and care there
- We oftentimes call it home
- It is typically the place we live IN
IN … abide … indwell … take a moment to consider based on the above what those words truly mean … now consider several passages of Scripture recorded by the apostle John … spoken by Jesus.
“If you abide IN Me, and My words abide IN you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7 (NASB)
John also wrote …
I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides IN you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:14 (NASB)
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. As for you, let that abide IN you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides IN you, you also will abide IN the Son and IN the Father. 1 John 2:20-24 (NASB)
And from Paul, the literary master of the divine adjective …
Let the word of Christ richly dwell withIN you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 (NASB)
Do the words of God … the words of Christ abide IN you? Do they richly dwell withIN you?
Why? Or perhaps why not?
(to be continued with … keep)