Message – Holy Spirit Teach me to Abide
Holy Spirit Teach me to Abide
Our last message before Christmas week was about ‘Remaining in Him’ which are the words Jesus used in our passage in John15. Obviously you cannot remain IN a Vine you were never IN to begin with, and no amount of theological techno-babble can change that. Besides, if it did not mean that not only was Jesus misleading in His choice of words, He was totally off using an illustration of a vine and branches. However, I believe He was led to say what He said and that He meant precisely what He said.
Now we ended with my desire to not leave you on a sour note, so we read on through John 15:7-10.
In closing I reminded you that what we are learning about is our relationship with the Holy Spirit WHO has been given to us – the One Who teaches us to abide.
It is through that intimate relationship of fellowship with the Spirit that we see Jesus increasingly clearer and produce fruit from our union with Him.
Gal. 5:22-24 says…
“(22)But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (24) And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Romans 8:1-14 [Amp] ,
“1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit. [John 3:18.] 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has freed me from the law of sin and of death. 3 For God has done what the Law could not do, [its power] being weakened by the flesh [the entire nature of man without the Holy Spirit]. Sending His own Son in the guise of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, [God] condemned sin in the flesh [subdued, overcame, deprived it of its power over all who accept that sacrifice], [Lev. 7:37.] 4 So that the righteous and just requirement of the Law might be fully met in us who live and move not in the ways of the flesh but in the ways of the Spirit [our lives governed not by the standards and according to the dictates of the flesh, but controlled by the Holy Spirit]. 5 For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. 6 Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. 7 [That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot. 8 So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him. 9 But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit, if the [Holy] Spirit of God [really] dwells within you [directs and controls you]. But if anyone does not possess the [Holy] Spirit of Christ, he is none of His [he does not belong to Christ, is not truly a child of God]. [Rom. 8:14.] 10 But if Christ lives in you, [then although] your [natural] body is dead by reason of sin and guilt, the spirit is alive because of [the] righteousness [that He imputes to you]. 11 And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you. 12 So then, brethren, we are debtors, but not to the flesh [we are not obligated to our carnal nature], to live [a life ruled by the standards set up by the dictates] of the flesh. 13 For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”
Also, the Holy Spirit is not just referred to as the Spirit of Truth, but also the Spirit of Grace in Heb. 10:29.
So what does grace teach us?
Titus 2:11-15, “(11) For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, (12) teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, (13) looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, (14) who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (15) Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.”
So if we will do as Jesus says in John 15, we will never come to such a place of hardness so as to deny Him in heart Or in works.
So let’s pick up where we left off beginning in John 15:7,
“(7) If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (8) By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (9) “As the Father loved Me, I also have 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.”
“(11) I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.
(12) This is My command: love one another as I have loved you.
(13) No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.
(14) You are My friends if you do what I command you.
(15) I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father.”
Now these words have even deeper meaning if you did not just start reading in this chapter, for it is spoken of in chapter 8 as well.
“(31) So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. (32) You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
(33) “We are descendants of Abraham,” they answered Him, “and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will become free’?”
(34) Jesus responded, “I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. (35) A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever. (36) Therefore if the Son sets you free, you really will be free. (37) I know you are descendants of Abraham, but you are trying to kill Me because My word is not welcome among you. (38) I speak what I have seen in the presence of the Father, and therefore you do what you have heard from your father.”
“(16) You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.”
The idea here is that once a character trait of Christ has come to fruition in the life of a believer it should remain there quite literally for eternity!