July 2, 2024


1 John 4:13-15 - By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.


In 1 John 4:13-15, the apostle John emphasizes the intimate connection between God and those who believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world. John states that we can know we abide in God and He in us because He has given us His Holy Spirit. The indwelling presence of the Spirit is evidence of our relationship with God. John and the other apostles have personally witnessed that the Father sent Jesus to be the Savior of the world. They testify to this truth based on their firsthand experience with Jesus during His earthly ministry. John declares that whoever confesses and agrees that Jesus is the Son of God enters into a mutual abiding relationship with God. To 'confess' means more than intellectual agreement - it involves a heart-level acceptance and submission to the truth of who Jesus is. When we confess Jesus as the Son of God and Savior, we are saying 'yes' to all that He is and all that He has done for us. We enter into union with Christ, where He lives in us and we live in Him. This passage highlights the centrality of Jesus to the Christian faith and the believer's relationship with God. It is only through Jesus, the Son, that we have access to the Father and can experience the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior is the key that unlocks the door to intimacy with the triune God. John wants his readers to know that they can have assurance of their relationship with God. The evidence is the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. We don't have to wonder or worry about where we stand with God. If we have confessed Jesus as the Son of God, we can rest secure in our salvation and the reality that we mutually abide with God. This is incredibly good news that should fill us with peace, joy and confidence. No matter what challenges or trials we face, we are never alone. God is always with us and in us through the abiding presence of His Spirit. As we abide in Christ, we experience the unconditional love, acceptance and security that can only be found in relationship with Him.


This passage causes me to reflect on the incredible love that God has for us. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins and reconcile us back to Himself. Jesus willingly took on human flesh, suffered and died on the cross, and rose again so that we could have eternal life and relationship with God. What amazing love! God didn't just save us and then leave us on our own. He gave us the precious gift of His Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us. The Spirit is our Helper, Comforter, Advocate and Guide. He assures us that we belong to God and empowers us to live the Christian life. Through the Spirit, we experience the personal presence of Jesus in our lives. I am convicted by the fact that truly confessing Jesus as the Son of God involves complete surrender to His Lordship. It's not enough to simply believe facts about Jesus - even the demons believe and shudder (James 2:19). Saving faith is entrusting our lives to Jesus and following Him as King. This means obeying His commands, pursuing His will, and representing Him in the world. It requires dying to ourselves, picking up our cross daily, and allowing Jesus to live His life through us. Abiding in Christ is not passive, but active. It takes intentional effort to cultivate an intimate relationship with Jesus through prayer, studying Scripture, worship, fellowship, and service. Yet we can be encouraged that it is God who enables us to abide in Him. He is the One who saves us, sustains us, and keeps us. We don't abide in our own strength, but in the strength that God supplies. He gives us the desire and power to do His will (Philippians 2:13). What a relief that it doesn't all depend on us! As believers, we have the astounding privilege of a mutual abiding relationship with the living God. He lives in us and we live in Him! The Creator of the universe has made His home in our hearts. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. No matter where we go or what happens to us, we can never be separated from God's loving presence. This truth should radically change how we view ourselves and live our lives. We are children of God, co-heirs with Christ, and partakers of the divine nature. We have a new identity and purpose in Him. May we never take for granted the miracle of abiding in Christ and Him in us. Let us press on to know Jesus more deeply each day and bear much fruit for His glory.


Heavenly Father, thank You for the incredible gift of Your Son Jesus. Thank You that through faith in Him, I can have an eternal relationship with You. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to live inside of me and seal me as Your child forever. Forgive me for the times I have tried to live the Christian life in my own strength. I confess my need for You. I can do nothing apart from Jesus. Help me to abide in Him moment by moment. Teach me what it means to surrender fully to His Lordship. Give me a greater hunger to know Christ and make Him known. Thank You that I don't have to earn or maintain my salvation. I am saved by Your grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. When I am weak, You are strong. When I stumble, You pick me up. When I am afraid, You give me peace. I can rest secure in Your unchanging love and faithfulness. Use me as Your instrument to show the world who Jesus is. May others see Christ in me and be drawn to the hope of the gospel. Produce Your fruit in and through me as I remain in the Vine. Prune me and purify me so that I can bring even more glory to Your great name. In Jesus' mighty name I pray, Amen.

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Abiding in the Vine, the Spirit's gentle descent

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