John 15 Lesson

Abiding In Jesus

ABIDING IN JESUS

Jesus said to His disciples:

  • “He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5,

  • “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.” – John 15:6.

To abide means “to accept or act in accordance with.” (source: Google dictionary) When used in the context of Jesus, to abide means to acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior. Abiding in Jesus is a requirement to get to heaven. Consider the following words written by the Apostle Paul:

  • If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10.

JESUS IS THE TRUE VINE

We are all given free will to live our lives, and there are many paths that we can choose to go down.

There is only one path, however, that leads to eternal salvation.

Consider the words of Jesus in the following two scriptures:

  1. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. ” – John 15:1,
  2. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. ” – John 15:5.

The above scriptures acknowledge the fact that there are many vines (paths) that we can follow. But there is only one that leads to eternal salvation!

We make decisions every day about who we are going to follow. Are we going to be like the world and look only to fulfill our sinful lusts and accumulate “things?”

Or are we going to decide to follow the True Vine, and abide in His love, as He abides in the Father’s love?

When we abide in Jesus, we become part of something much bigger than ourselves. When we abide in Jesus, we choose to have an abundant life. When we abide in Jesus, we choose to accept His precious gift of eternal life.

  • “I came that they may have life, and have  it abundantly. ” -John 10:10.

ABIDING IN JESUS MEANS MAKING A COMMITMENT

The branches of a tree depend on the vine for their very existence. When we abide in Jesus, we are completely emersed in Him and His teachings.

Jesus does not want us to be wishy-washy, or to call on Him only when we need something.   He wants us to be passionate about learning from Him and following His commandments all the time!  

Consider the following scripture:

  • “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.   Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; leave Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” – Mathew 7:21-23.

CONCLUSION

Jesus wants us to abide in Him in all that we do.   When we do that, Jesus tells us that He will take care of us. As disciples of Jesus, keeping God’s commandments is not something that we decide to do when we feel like it, or when we are around other Christians. When we make the decision to follow Jesus, we are to go “all in,” and commit our entire being to Him.  

A partial commitment to following Jesus does not work any more than a branch that is sometimes connected to the vine.   In both cases, the branch will die because it has lost its connection to the vine that gives it life.  

Jesus said:

  • “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6.  

Once we understand this, we have an important decision to make. Are we going to follow Jesus and commit to abiding in His teachings? Nobody can make this decision for us.  It is a decision that each of us must make for ourselves. 

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and do away with the gods which your fathers served beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  But if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served, which were beyond the Euphrates River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:14-15.

Comments

Allen

An interpretation such as this leads people to believe in or trust in their behavior for salvation. Salvation is a free gift only provided by the work that Christ did on the cross. If we must produce fruit for salvation or to maintain salvation then Jesus died in vain. Abiding should instead be interpreted here as intimate fellowship. We have a relation with The Father when we trust Him for our salvation. We have intimate fellowship when we abide. Please consider reading Maximum Joy by David Anderson on this topic.

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Mike
Allen

Appreciate your comments Allen. I think of the greatest commandment to love God with all your heart, mind and soul. While it is true that we are saved by grace through faith, we do have a part to play in our salvation. I don't get hung up on the labels, I just know what the Bible tells me I need to do to be saved.

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Pat Dermody

Abiding in Jesus helps to guide me I my daily life. Often when I have to make a decision, I think to myself , “ What would Jesus say”. It usually makes my decision much easier to make.

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John

Are we producing fruit? That is the question that we all need to ask ourselves. One could probably deliver an entire sermon on the subject of, "Are we producing fruit?"

Like the Parable of the Talents, we can not just take what God gives us and "bury it in the sand" without realizing any increase. God wants us to put our talents to work for Him and to increase what He has blessed us with. We will sow what we reap.

Good study! Would love to hear others thoughts too.

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