"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."-- Psalm 91:1
"since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;"
--- 1 Peter 1:23
"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,"
--- John 8:31
Successfully navigating the end times will be impossible without abiding in Jesus Christ.
Abiding is an enduring commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting Him, believing Him, obeying Him, and loving Him. Abiding is staying in a constant, close relationship with Jesus Christ.
And it includes the understanding that, without Jesus, we can do nothing.
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing."
--- John 15:4-5
When we abide in the LORD, He is the center of our lives and we are "in Christ." (Romans 8:1, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Abiding in Christ is about a secure, permanent relationship with Jesus Christ.
Christ is our life, and we live and have our being in Him.
(Colossians 3:4, Acts 17:28)
Abiding is about having died to self and "your life is hidden with Christ in God"
--- Colossians 3:3
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
--- Galatians 2:20
It is about obeying God.
"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."
--- John 15:10
"the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked."
--- 1 John 2:6
Abiding is about confidently asking and expecting an answer from God.
"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you."
--- John 15:7
It's about having the indwelling Spirit of God.
"The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us."
--- 1 John 3:24
"that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you."
--- John 14:17
"By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit."
--- 1 John 4:13
It's about an anointing from God.
"As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him."
--- 1 John 2:27
It's about being made a new creature in Christ.
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
--- 2 Corinthians 5:17
It's about eternal security in the Lord Jesus Christ, having been set free from the law of sin and death.
"and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand."
--- John 10:28-29
"Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
--- Romans 8:1
"No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him"
--- 1 John 3:6
It's about bearing fruit, much fruit.
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
--- John 15:4-5
It's about being a disciple of Christ.
"So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;"
--- John 8:31
And finally, it is about confidence that the LORD will rescue us from the wrath to come in the last days.
(1 Thessalonians 1:10)
"Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming."
--- 1 John 2:28
When you love someone, you want to be with them.
Abiding in Christ is about loving the word of God. Spending time with God in His word is a joyful, precious, and wonderful part of your day.
(Psalm 19:8, Psalm 19:9-10, Psalm 119:129)
Abiding in Christ is about a relationship with the Creator of the universe in which you know Him, and He knows you.
And simply put, if a person does not abide in the LORD, he is not born again and is not going to heaven.
If you do not abide in Christ, He will say to you, "I never knew you." (Matthew 7:23)
To test and see if you are born again and going to heaven:
When we abide in the LORD, we belong to Him. We have been bought with a price. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. And this is especially true during the tribulation in the end times.
(Romans 8:9, Galatians 5:24, 1 Corinthians 6:20, Hebrews 13:5)
And when we abide in the LORD, we see the end times from His perspective, and we trust Him to get us through what the Bible calls the most
difficult, terrible, perilous, and grievous
time in history.
(2 Timothy 3:1 ESV, 2 Timothy 3:1 NIV, 2 Timothy 3:1 KJV, 2 Timothy 3:1 ASV)
We are either abiding in Christ, or abiding with the "world."
"Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."
--- Matthew 12:30
We need to let go of the world and the things in the world.
Those who cannot let go of the world will take the mark of the beast.
We need to embrace the reality of the end times and place our eternal lives in the hands of the LORD.
We need to cling to Jesus, not the world.