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In chapter 15 of his gospel, John discusses the vine, Christ, and how we abide in Him. John, of all the New Testament writers, gives us the most intimate and descriptive explanations of how we should live for Christ.

In chapter 15 of his gospel, John discusses the vine, Christ, and how we abide in Him. John, of all the New Testament writers, gives us the most intimate and descriptive explanations of how we should live through Christ, and permit Christ to live through us.

In my book, “Knowing you are saved” I explored the word we find in John 12:46 “abide” extensively as John discussed it in his first epistle. Here is an excerpt from page 216:

…When we look throughout 1 John, we find this word used 24 times. Outside of “love” and “knowing,” it is the third most frequently used word. This was a very important word to John. Ladies and gentlemen, living in Christ is probably one of the most vital things with which John is concerned. Some other biblical facts will help you understand. The word translated “remain” is used over 118 times in the New Testament, and 24 times here by John. John’s writings use menō 68 of the 118 times or well over half of all the times it is used in the whole of the New Testament. John’s first epistle uses menō fully 20% of all of the New Testament. [Concerning using meno in 1 John] He uses it mostly in chapter 3 and 4 and into 5, but the usage begins in chapter 2. Therefore, menō’s use in the scriptures is highly concentrated  in [those] 95 verses, which comprise the last four chapters of this epistle. This word is associated with God 14 times, and “Him” (meaning God the Father, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit) another 24 times. This means that, in John’s epistle every use of the word remain has a reference to God attached to it in some  way, whether directly or through a pronoun. All instances are either encouragements to remain, examples of remaining, or direct imperatival commands to remain in God. Remaining is a very vital part of a Christian life. Moreover, where a believer is concerned, remaining in Jesus Christ during persecutions and trials, as well as just a normal testimonial life with Him at the center, is a vital part of our assurance of salvation. That abiding life at the center of your spiritual life is what produces the fruits of the Spirit that Paul talks about in Galatians. We cannot know man’s heart, but His fruits do belie him. Remaining in Christ Jesus is vital with regard to any assurance you may have concerning your salvation. Sure, you might fall away, but what is the overall testimony in your life? Do you testify Christ in all facets of your life, or is there somewhere you do not let Him live?.

(Knowing you are saved, Timothy R. Senter, Xulon Press, 2016, Pg 216.)

When we walked through 1 John, we carefully considered chapter 3 verse 14 which reads:

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

If we read this in context, providing a little more clarity (transliteration and more specific meaning) to a few words we get the following:

We know (oida-spiritual heart knowledge) that we have passed out of death (spiritual death – thanatos)) into a way of life because we love (agapē-selfless love) the brothers. Whomever is not loving (agapē-selflessly loving), he is abiding (menō-living, staying) in spiritual death (thanatos).

(Knowing you are saved, Timothy R. Senter, Xulon Press, 2016, Pg 296.)

In John 12:46, John is exploring this abiding in Christ. Where he wrote his gospel sometime between 85 and 95 A.D., he has experienced abiding in Christ. John has exhibited sticktuitivness John has lived purely for Christ resting in Him. For us to be successful in life on earth, we too must abide in Christ. Christian, are you?