I am working on memorizing John 15 with Hide His Word group.
This week, I am working on this,
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
The word abide appears 10 times!! So Jesus is definitely trying to make a point here.
The word abide comes from the greek word Meno (see Bible Study Tools)
- to remain, abide
- in reference to place
- to sojourn, tarry
- not to depart 1a
- to continue to be present 1a
- to be held, kept, continually
- in reference to time
- to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure 1b
- of persons, to survive, live
- in reference to state or condition
- to remain as one, not to become another or different
- to wait for, await one
Notice the definition references a place, a time, persons, a state or condition and actions.
But I especially like – to be held, kept, continually.
He is instructing us
- not to depart
- to continue
- to remain as one with Him
- and to wait for Him
and in return
- we will be continually kept and held, nourished, loved.
- we will bear much fruit
- and whatever we ask will be done