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ABIDING - BIBLE STUDY

CHAPTER 19 PART II

1. If you abide, you will receive what you ask for.

John 15:7: "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

2. If you abide, you won't sin.

1 John 3:6: "Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not...."

3. If you abide, you will have great success at what you put your hand to.

John 15:5: "...He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit..."

4. If you abide, you will walk as Jesus walked.

1 John 2:6: "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk, even as he walked."

5. If you abide in the Divine mind, you will have Jesus' mind.

Phil. 2:5: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

6. If you abide, you will love your brother.

1 John 2:10: "He that loveth his brother abideth in the light...."

7. If you abide, you will overcome the evil one.

1 John 2:14: "...I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one."

8. If you abide, the Sabbath rest will be your experience.

Eze. 20:12: "Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.''

Abiding - E.G. White

"Christ came to make us 'partakers of the divine nature,' and His life declares that humanity, combined with divinity, does not commit sin." MH 180.

"Our finite will must be brought into submission to the will of the Infinite; the human will must be blended with the divine. This will bring the Holy Spirit to our aid." MYP 55.

"It was a wonderful thing for God to create man; to make mind. He created him that every faculty might be the faculty of His divine mind. The glory of God is to be revealed in the creating of man in God's image and in his redemption." Special Testimony, May 31, 1896.

"We expect that those who refuse to harmonize (abide) with Christ will develop into a warring element (persecute); but we should not think that this will do us harm." 3SM 37.

"Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible, than the soul that feels its nothingness, and relies wholly on the merits of the Saviour. By prayer, by the study of His word, by faith in His abiding presence, the weakest of human beings may live in contact with the living Christ, and He will hold them by a hand that will never let go." MH 182.

"This union with Christ, once formed, must be maintained. Christ said, 'Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me...' 'The life you have received from Me can be preserved only by continual communion. Without Me you cannot overcome one sin, or resist one temptation.' 'Abide in Me, and I in you.' Abiding in Christ means a constant receiving of His Spirit, a life of unreserved surrender to His service. The channel of communication must be open continually between man and his God. As the vine branch constantly draws the sap from the living vine, so are we to cling to Jesus, and receive from Him by faith the strength and perfection of His own character." DA 676.

"It is through the word that Christ abides in His followers....Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, you bear fruit after the similitude of Christ." DA 677.

"He knew that the life of His trusting disciples would be like His, a series of uninterrupted victories, not seen to be such here, but recognized as such in the great hereafter." DA 679.

"In one way only could such a life be sustained. Jesus lived in dependence upon God and communion with Him. To the secret place of the Most High, under the shadow of the Almighty, men now and then repair; they abide for a season, and the result is manifest in noble deeds; then their faith fails, the communion is interrupted, and the life-work marred. But the life of Jesus was a life of constant trust, sustained by continual communion; and His service for heaven and earth was without failure or faltering." ED 80.

"As a man He supplicated the throne of God, till His humanity was charged with a heavenly current that connected humanity with divinity. Receiving life from God, He imparted life to men." ED 80-81.

"All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses." DA 668.

"The law is an expression of God's idea. When we receive it in Christ, it becomes our idea." Ms. 23a, 1896.

"His [Satan's] fiercest temptations are powerless unless and until we consent to sin. When we resist the devil he will flee from us." 5BC 315.

Self-Knowledge Resumé

  1. How do I abide?
  2. Do my emotions ever get me to lose my hold on real things?
  3. Does anyone ever make me mad?
  4. Do the children ever upset me?
  5. When someone suggests that I may not have a right motive or feeling about something, do I get defensive?
  6. Do I ever get nervous or upset when everyone else is?
  7. Do I ever feel jealous?
  8. Am I ever afraid of danger?
  9. Do I ever feel impatient?
  10. Do I ever compare myself with anyone?
  11. Do I ever feel guilty?
  12. Do I ever do something I know I should not?

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