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Abiding in Christ: Part 2 by Jonathan Oldacre
January 29, 2007, 5:17 pm
Filed under: Devotions

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by Jonathan Oldacre

I recently read this passage of Scripture and I was freshly amazed at the love of the Savior…
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” ~ John 15:9

How often do you recall the fact that as a Christian you are loved by Christ? Do you view God’s love for you in Christ as a given? Are you abiding in the love of Christ?

Today we’ll look at abiding in Christ in a specific way: Abiding in His love. Look closely at the passage above. If you examine the two sentences individually you find 1) a statement of truth about the glorious relationship between the Father and the Son, and 2) you find a command to abide in the love of the One who has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18).

First, let’s consider God’s love for His Son. Twice in Matthew’s gospel we read that Jesus Christ is God’s “beloved Son” with whom He is “well-pleased.” Jesus is not only tolerated, not merely co-existed with, not even just liked; He’s beloved! The first time Christ is called “beloved” in Matthew is at the great Trinitarian event of His baptism (Matt. 3), and the second time is at the Lord’s Transfiguration in Matthew 17 . At both occasions, God the Father cannot keep silent about his love for the Son! God’s voice thunders from heaven in pure JOY over His beloved Son! God loves His Son more than we can fathom as creatures, and in John 15 we’re told that as the Father loves Jesus Christ, so Jesus loves us! That is amazing!

Second, what does the Savior mean by “abide in my love?” Does it mean “make yourself stay a Christian?” Does it mean “make yourself have good feelings about the love of Christ?” John Piper, in his book “What Jesus Demands from the World,” gave me some great insight into John 15:

“Not to abide in Jesus’ love would mean that we stop believing that we are loved by Jesus. We look at our circumstances—perhaps persecution, disease, or abandonment—and we conclude that we are not loved by Jesus anymore. That’s the opposite of abiding in the love of Jesus. So abiding in his love means continuing to believe, moment by moment, that we are loved.”

Do you sense the activeness of Dr. Piper’s statement? He’s saying we don’t drift into this kind of thinking normally. We don’t usually wake up in the morning meditating on the love of Christ. We don’t usually go throughout the day thinking through the implications of the gospel, how we’ve been delivered from the domain of darkness and been transferred to the kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Colossians 1:13).

The good news is that we can abide in His love! Here’s how: we “continue to believe, moment by moment, that we are loved.” We obey Jesus. We actively and intentionally recall the saving events of the gospel and bring them into the present to remind us of the love of Christ. We remember Scriptures that tell us of His unfailing love. We meditate on the love that God has for His Son, and then we say “Lord Jesus! You love me like the Father loves you! I believe that, and it’s amazing! Thank you!” Day by day, moment by moment we actively remember and believe the Savior’s love for those who deserve only wrath.

What’s the effect of our abiding in Christ? I think it’s obvious: JOY! When we’re satisfied in Christ, our joy shakes up the world around us. Like shockwaves from an earthquake our joy and confidence in Christ impacts other sinners around us and wakes them up to see the Savior, and they say “I want what that guy has!” God is glorified and you’ll have an opportunity to tell them about the One who fills you with joy!

Will you start remembering the love Christ has for you? Will you meditate on it? Will you apply John 15 to your life? Men, let’s abide in the love of Christ today!

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3 Comments so far
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Wow, that was encouraging! Thanks Jonathan, and praise the Lord!!

Comment by Nathan Simmons

Wow is right! Thank you Nathan. I feel like jumping up and down and shouting and rejoicing. Think I will. Later.

Comment by Morgan

As the Father has loved me…….

As I have Loved you…………

How great is the Love of our Father through HIS BELOVED SON !!!!!!!!

Comment by attukaren antonisamy




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