“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” -Jesus in John 15.4
“Abide” in biblical Greek means to stay, remain, wait for, wait
There is a sense of rest in this! But there’s more.
Apparently Jesus is allowing that His followers may –not– do this, it isn’t automatic that we abide in Him. If abiding is a done deal why speak these words to one’s followers?
Further, His concern is fruit -mentioned by my reckoning in two clear places re. the New Testament, again, I admit this is -my- understanding:
The term seems linked to those people we influence toward Him as well as fruit of the Spirit, that is, the character/nature of God growing and manifesting in and through His people. Study His mention of “talents” in the Gospels on this concept.
Our genuine, authentic demonstration of faith, hope and love in/from Jesus- the Vine… is the fruit the Holy Spirit produces in us (study Galatians chapter 5 and 1 Cor. 13) which reflects Him, that leads many to faith, hope and love from and in Jesus Christ.
How are we doing church?
As always, thanks for stopping by, -Glenn