Do you live in the Father as Christ lives in the Father, as the Father lives in Christ? Is your every movement, your every thought, your every motivation presented to the Father for consideration, review, council and approval? This is abiding, living and remaining in the Father as Christ dwelt in Him. (Jhn 14:10) See “Knowing you are saved,” published by Xulon Press, pages 189 and 216.
The Greek word “menō” which is pronounced almost like “minnow” but with an “e” means to remain, stay, or abide. It has the connotation of living in, existing in and enduring. It indicates steadfastness or a stick-to-it-iv-ness. One puzzling aspect of this verse is that the first time you see menō in the first sentence, it is an imperative. An imperative is a command. In addition, the predominant verb or action word is the word for hear, which is in the past tense. The sentence could read more like, “Stay with what you heard from the beginning.” This takes on the more commanding sense in the sentence. (Pg 189)
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… 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. (Pg 216)
Many claim Christ, but just live a life in the world and seldom actually seek God’s approval for anything in their lives, let alone how they should rear their children, spend their funds or orient their spare time. Many see opportunities in their lives and leap through those doors for vacation, for business, for relationships, for entertainment, for all sorts of things considered normal everyday elements of life.
Christian, you are to remain in Christ and in the Father as Jesus remained in Him. Christians, we are supposed walk in Jesus feet as He tread upon the earth. Jesus was intimately in contact with the Father. So in His counsel was Jesus that being separated from the Father for a mere three hours was excruciatingly painful (Psa 22:1; Mat 27:46; Mar 15:34).
If you were denied access to God’s word, would it really bother you? If you were denied the privilege of prayer, would it really bother you? If you were denied any aspect of your relationship with God, would it really hurt you? That is what Jesus is talking about when He says, “I am in the Father, and the Father in me.”
God’s spirit is part of Jesus. Jesus is part of God. Every aspect of Jesus is exposed to and exists in coincidence with the Father. Every aspect of the Father is exposed to and exists in coincidence with the Father.
Dwelling in one another makes the Father and the Son one. On the cross, when Jesus is forced to be separated from His Father it is as though His very being is divided, ripped apart He is being violently divided from himself. It tears Him apart. We have to ask if we would feel this way if any aspect of our relationship with the Father or the Son were affected in just such a way.
Christian, is your relationship so intertwined with the trinitarian Father, Son and Holy Spirit that the absence of any one would feel as though you were being torn apart. Is your life dependent upon the regular, faithful, devoted communion with God? This is what dwelling is in John 14:10.