What Does “Abiding in Jesus” Mean?

Abiding in Jesus means understanding that His acceptance of us is the same regardless of the amount of spiritual fruit we have produced.  Ironically, it is only when we understand that His love is not conditioned on our spiritual fruitfulness that we gain the power to become truly fruitful.  Only those who abide in Him produce much fruit.  In other words, those people who get better are those who understand that God’s approval of them is not dependent on their getting better.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 13

Abiding in Jesus

“Abiding in Jesus” may sound like spiritual mumbo jumbo to you.  It always did to me….  But the word abide is much more straightforward than that.  The Greek word meno means literally “to make your home in.”  When we “make our home in” His love – feeling it, saturating ourselves with it, reflecting on it, standing in awe of it – spiritual fruit begins to spring up naturally from us like roses on a rosebush.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 12

Christianity is not About Learning to Obey Some Rules

A Christianity that does not have as its primary focus the deepening of passion for God is a false Christianity, no matter how zealously it seeks conversions or how forcefully it advocates righteous behavior. Being converted to Jesus is not just about learning to obey some rules.  Being converted to Jesus is learning to so adore God that we would gladly renounce everything we have to follow Him.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 10

The Goal of the Gospel

But the goal of the gospel is not just that we pass some kind of test by accurately recounting the importance of Jesus.  The goal of the gospel is to produce a type of people consumed with passion for God and love for others.  We certainly don’t seem to have that right.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 10

The Gospel, Simply Announced

The gospel is the announcement that God has reconciled us to Himself by sending His Son Jesus to die as a substitute for our sins, and that all who repent and believe have eternal life in Him.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; location 202