In John 15, Jesus uses a Greek word that gets translated in the English as remain fifteen times. If anyone uses a single word that many times, you know it must be important. The same Greek word is also translated in and last in this same passage. The word means:
- continually present (in reference to time), and
- not leaving a certain orientation (in reference to state or condition).
The big idea Jesus is trying to convey here is connectedness. So I’m asking myself, Is my life so connected and reliant on Christ’s life, that it is nearly impossible to perceive two? Do we look and operate like one? Is my life completely sustained by His life? When people look at me, can they tell I am remaining in Jesus?
This same Greek word is translated living in (John 14:10) when Jesus says, “It is the Father living in Me, Who is doing His work.” When we see Jesus, we see the oneness—the remaining—between Father, Son, and Spirit.
This same remaining oneness is possible for me because of the promise of a Helper. Jesus said the Counselor (the Holy Spirit) would be with you (John 14:16). This is the exact same Greek word. The word is used again in the following verse: He lives with you and will be in you.
The Holy Spirit helps me look more and more like Jesus. He helps me remain. He develops the oneness.
Oh, marvel of marvels! To be one with Jesus! To remain—to last! To have Him in me, and I in Him!
I want to remain more deeply, more “one-ly,” that God may be glorified in the lasting fruit that my remaining will allow Him to produce.
April 11, 2012 at 6:49 am
The picture is remarkable. The thoughts go deep to the soul.
April 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm
I like the thought, I’ll have to practice my Greek and look this up later when I have time 🙂
April 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm
What an awesome explaination.
April 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm
Thank you, Pat!