Last weekend I attended with my family the 4th Annual Resolved Conference. It is aimed at collegians but benefits all ages. The topic was Heaven and Hell and concluded Monday night. I would highly recommend next year’s conference. But this only explains why I am late in posting my blog.

Last week we looked at repentance and saw that the Greek word for repentance means to ‘change your mind’. This primarily refers to ‘changing your mind’ about the Person and Work of Jesus, but we concluded the week by seeing that repentance is an attitude the follower of Christ will embrace in all areas of His walk with God.

This week’s post is about Abiding in Christ. The Greek word for ‘abide’ means to ‘remain’ or to ‘continue’. The follower of Christ first repents or changes his mind about the Person and work of Jesus, and then remains or abides with this changed view of Jesus. This is the very command of Jesus to those who repent in their attitude toward Him:

NAU John 15:4Abide in Me, and I in you….

NIV John 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you….

NKJ John 15:4Abide in Me, and I in you….

It is obvious we will be looking at the John 15, specifically verses 1-10. But we must begin by identifying the key characters of the passage. They are: the vinedresser, the vine and the branches.

NAU John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

Jesus identifies Himself in verse 1 as the vine and calls His Father (God) the vinedresser. This is clearly established in verse 1. In verse 2, the branches and their care are introduced but not identified – the identification comes in verse 3! The branches are identified with a personal pronoun – you – and refer in the immediate context to the disciples but will have an expanded identification to include those who follow Jesus.

As we close today, we must notice the work of the vinedresser – taking away or pruning! The literal meaning of the two words used are ‘lifting up’ and ‘cleansing’ respectably! Two of the issues we will examine in relationship to abiding this week are ‘lifting up’ and ‘cleansing’ in addition to looking at the Source,, the Result, the Proof and the Demonstration of Abiding.



  1. 1 John Fontaine June 21, 2008 at 2:54 am

    would love to hear you talk on the Heaven and Hell conference

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