The Abiding Presence of GodBro. David Chancellor
2/11/2007 11:00 AM
If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 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. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
Those that love God will do what God wants them to do. But the reason we know things are right between us and God is because of his abiding presence. Adhering to the tenets of your religion won’t bring the assurance that all is right between you and God like his abiding presence will.
The disciples likely didn’t want Christ to leave, and the good things he was doing to stop. Jesus told them that he wouldn’t leave them comfortless. He sent his Spirit to comfort, strengthen and encourage us.
Jesus promised to be real to those who keep his words. He is real and there for us through his presence. This is how he manifests himself to his people and not the world. His abiding presence makes us able to keep his commandments.
1 John 3:23-24
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
We dwell in Christ and he dwells in us. We know he lives in us because we have his Spirit. Knowing about him isn’t enough. You have to know him. The Spirit of God comes and by him we are able to keep God’s commandments and love one another. The Spirit of God in us makes a difference in our lives.
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. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
This shows our complete dependence on God. When we are in him, we can produce much fruit of his Spirit. Without him, we can’t do anything. We can’t be what we should be to others without him. It is more important to have the abiding presence of God than anything else. You’ll never stand alone as long as you stay with God. We need God in us and with us to produce the fruit of God in our lives.
1 John 3:14-15, 6
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
Not only does the murderer not have eternal life, but also the one who hates others does not have eternal life. Someone who has eternal life won’t be out hating and murdering others. If sin is in the life, you don’t know God. Sin comes between a person and God. It makes it where you can’t know him as long as you continue to sin. Confidence toward God is found in a personal relationship with God. Your walk with God needs to be close and personal, not mechanical. He can’t live in your heart unless you k now him.
1 John 2:5-6, 28
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
The love of God will be complete in you when Christ is there. We should walk as Jesus walked. We should live as he lived. We need to have the same traits and characteristics that Christ has. We need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. We have a record of Christ’s life to learn from and emulate.
Check out the spirits against what you know about Christ. You’ll be able to know what is the Spirit of God and what isn’t. We don’t want to walk the wrong walk. We want people to see Jesus by the walk that we walk.
Abide in Christ. Stay in his presence. If you will, you can have confidence in his coming. You can stand before him without fear or shame. This walk is as simple as staying in the presence of God. Don’t let anything or anyone pull you away from God. Keep confidence toward him and you can look forward to his coming.