Abiding in Christ
It is true that once a man is saved by God’s grace through faith, he will remain saved forever; yet the Scriptures are full of warnings to believers against unbelief (Hebrews 3:12-14), against drawing back (Hebrews 10:38-39), and against neglecting the Word of God (Hebrews 2:1-3).
Abiding in Christ is abiding in His WORD, abiding in His LOVE, and abiding in His SPIRIT and in FAITH. This abiding in Christ is NOT a condition which a man fulfills before receiving life, but abiding in Christ is a result of Christ’s gift of life and is true evidence that we have the life of Christ.
Branches on a grapevine do not bear fruit by themselves but from the vine and as a result of their union with the life-giving vine. Neither can any man bear, produce, nor possess any spiritual knowledge, life, gift, grace, or holiness except through Christ’s abiding in Him and HIS ABIDING IN CHRIST.
Henry Mahan – 1987