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What Does It Mean to Abide in Christ?

Galatians 3:10 “For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.’” Here, in context, abide emphasizes the inability to maintain the law within one’s own power. One cannot dwell perfectly in the law, and anyone who tries to do so has brought condemnation upon himself. The Hebrew word in the Old Testament is וַיֵּ֥שֶׁב - yashab. Its definition encompasses the same ideas as the English one, but it includes concepts of interpersonal relationships about being in a shared space: “...habitations, haunt, inhabit, make to inhabit, inhabitant, make to keep house, lurking, marry, marrying, place bring again to place.” Abiding in Christ is the key to salvation and developing a strong relationship with God. One abides with Christ primarily by being in proximity with Him through fellowship and being sustained by Him while partnering with His work for the Kingdom of God. The believer strives to be steadfast and faithful in the relationship, while partnering with the Lord for His glory. Unlike the covenants of the Old Testament, such as the one between Abraham and God in Genesis 17, each party was obligated to achieve their half of the agreement. God fulfilled our obligations to the Law through Jesus’ sacrifice. Instead of meeting obligations in order to try and maintain one’s own righteousness, we are invited to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Seeking this relationship is abiding with Christ. PRAYER Heavenly Father, thank You that in Your love, You convicted me of sin, pursued me with Your love, saved me by grace through faith in Christ and brought me into the family of God. Thank You that my salvation does not depend on my merit or anything that I have done, but is due to what Christ has done on the cross - redeeming my soul from the pit of Hell and clothing me in His righteousness, by grace through faith in Christ. Help me to abide in you and live as You intended man to live, in utter dependence upon the Lord Jesus in Who's name I pray, Amen.

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