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Abiding in Christ and He In Us. John 15.1-8. What Does It Mean?. Benefits Means Alternative. Benefits. Purging (prune, cleanse, purify) vv. 2-3 By application of His word - v.3; 1 Peter 1.22 Walking in light and confessing sins – 1 Jn 1.7-9

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what does it mean
What Does It Mean?
  • Benefits
  • Means
  • Alternative
benefits
Benefits
  • Purging (prune, cleanse, purify) vv. 2-3
    • By application of His word - v.3; 1 Peter 1.22
    • Walking in light and confessing sins – 1 Jn 1.7-9
    • By trials and correction – 1 Peter 1.6-7; Hebrews 12.5ff; 1 Corinthians 11.32
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Benefits
  • He gives us the ability to bear fruit – vv. 4-5
    • We are His workmanship – Eph 2.10
    • Through Him we can do “all things” – Phil 3.12
  • Our prayers are heard and answered – v 7
    • If according to His will – 1 Jn 5.14
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Means
  • He abides in us by His word abiding in us
    • Note substitution of “My words” for “I” – vv 4, 5, 7
    • We abide in Him as we abide in His word – John 8.31
    • Same is true of the Spirit abiding or dwelling in us – Col 3.16; Eph 5.18, 19
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Means
  • He continues to abide in us ONLY if we bear fruit – v2
    • He provides the ability
    • If we do not use that ability, we will be cut off
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Alternative
  • We either abide and bear fruit or we ARE NOT His disciples – v8
  • We either abide and bear fruit or we are CAST AWAY – vv2, 6
    • Possible for Christian to be cast forth – fall away
    • Possible to be grafted in again BEFORE the burning – Rom 11.23; James 5.19-20
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Abiding In Christ and He In Us
  • Cannot abide in Him unless we are first “in Him” - Galatians 3.26-27
  • We abide in Him only as long and only if His word continues to abide in us by our obedience to it
  • Otherwise, “cast forth” and “burned”
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