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Jesus Christ Abides in Us, We Must Abide in Him (Onward Christian Soldiers #47)

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Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldier Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible passage today is John 14:19-20:

Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “Jesus Abides in Us, We Must Abide in Him”

From our Lord’s words, “You in Me, and I in you,” we learn that there are two aspects of our new relationship with Christ. These can be expressed in two simple statements:

1. Christ is in the believer.
2. The believer is IN CHRIST.

In previous lessons, we have considered how Christ is in us. Today, we will consider our responsibility to abide in Him.

Evan Hopkins, the author of the classic Christian book, The Law of Liberty in the Spiritual Life, once explained to his six-year-old son what it means to “abide in Christ.” Mr. Hopkins took a card and drew a circle. Inside of the circle, he listed all of the things that Christ is to us: love, peace, joy, strength, freedom, righteousness, and many more.

Putting the point of his pencil in the center of the circle, he said, “There, son, you see that pencil? I want you to stay in Christ just as the pencil is inside the circle. Inside of Christ, you will find everything to make you happy and loving and obedient. But there are a lot of little doors all around the circle. It is when you go out by one of these doors that you are no longer abiding in Christ.”

Then Mr. Hopkins drew little doors leading out from the circle. These doors represented the sins that take us out from abiding in Christ: immorality, jealousy, unforgiveness, hatred, envy, and many more.

When we get out from Christ by sinning, the way to get in again is to enter by the same door we went out by. Mr. Hopkins explained, “the way to do that is to confess that sin to God. The moment we do this, God forgives us of that sin, and we come back into the circle, enjoying our fellowship with Christ and abiding in Him.”

There are three things we must do as we abide in Christ.

1. We must recognize Christ’s presence in us. Jesus Christ said, “Ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” To “know” means to recognize or be aware of something. You must say to yourself, “Christ lives in me! I live in Him!” Once you believe that you are in Christ and that He is in you, you must begin to act accordingly.

In Galatians 2:20, Paul said, “Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Paul recognized that he was in Christ and Christ was in him. Therefore, although he was bound by his physical body, he was able to live a successful Christian life, not by his own strength, but by the strength he gained from abiding in Christ.

A little girl once said that she learned the secret to overcoming temptation. She said, “When the devil knocks at the door of my heart, I just say, ‘Lord Jesus, will You please answer the door.’ When the devil sees Jesus, he bows down and says, ‘I see that I have come to the wrong place,’ and he leaves.”

This girl was simply recognizing Christ’s presence in her heart, and she was trusting Him to be her victory over temptation. She was abiding in him instead of in her own ability. That is what we must do to live successfully as believers.

2. We must obey Christ at all times. We cannot enjoy the wonderful indwelling presence of Christ if we are disobedient to Him. We must always be ready to please Christ even if it means going against what our flesh wants to do or what others want us to do.

When we “abide in Christ,” we remain in unbroken fellowship with Him. We maintain this fellowship by being obedient to His Word. When we disobey Christ, our fellowship with Him is broken, and we must confess our sins in order to restore our fellowship with Him.

One of the great secrets of the Christian life is to turn to God immediately when we fail. Satan tries to keep us from doing this, but God wants us to confess our sins to Him immediately. The moment we do this, God forgives us, and we are once again abiding in Christ.

3. We must draw upon Christ for all of our needs. Jesus Christ said in John 15:4, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”

The word “abide” means “to stay.” If you go to your home and abide there, it means that you stay there. When you abide in your home, everything in that home is available to you — the light, the heating, the furniture, the food, and more. It is the same way with Christ. When we abide in Christ, all that is in Christ is available to us — His love, His strength, His patience, His holiness, His wisdom — everything we need!

You will recall from our last lesson that Jesus Christ is our “all in all.” He is the great “I AM.” Abiding in Christ is simply giving oneself to the Lord Jesus Christ and trusting Him to work through us and supply all our needs.

The more we abide in Christ, the more we will become like Christ — which is the ultimate goal of every Christian believer.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!