What does Abide even mean?



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)

 Meno Definition

  1. to remain, abide
  2. in reference to place
    1. to sojourn, tarry
    2. not to depart 1a
  3. to continue to be present 1a
  4. to be held, kept, continually
  5. in reference to time
    1. to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure 1b
  6. of persons, to survive, live
  7. in reference to state or condition
    1. to remain as one, not to become another or different
  8. 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

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