This is going to be the final of my “preacherman” posts. Firstly, because it was done 🙂 And secondly, because I thought this was an intriguing question. So, here we go . . .
Not too long ago, our Pastor asked this deceptively easy question during a sermon; “What does the word abide mean to you?”—As Christ implores of his disciples in John 15: “Abide in me”. In fact, John makes abundant use of the word “abide”, using it ten times in John 15:1-11 (NASB) alone.
For example, look at John 15:7:
εαν μεινητε εν εμοι και τα ρηματα μου εν υμιν μεινη ο εαν θελητε αιτησεσθε και γενησεται υμιν
Okay, just kidding. Here it is in the NASB translation for those few of you unfamiliar with the original Greek:
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
John uses the same word “μεινη” or “meno” (men’-o: to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy) — abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), thine own.) throughout chapter 15. As you can see, even within this one word, there are subtle differences that could be gleaned from each particular usage. In other words, Christ isn’t continually saying to “remain”, or to “continue”, or to “tarry”, but is using the subtle shading of each of these and more, throughout his Words.
Abide isn’t a one-definition-fits-all word here. So, if a Christian is called to “abide in Christ”, what exactly does that mean?
Well . . . kind of depends on the Christian doesn’t it? Continue reading A Final Question: What Does the Word “Abide” Mean To You?