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Continual Abiding

by Norman P. Grubb

How do we walk? What does walking mean? Well, of course, we go to that verse which I have just quoted from Colossians, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.” Of course, walking is the walking in the fellowship—in Him, with Him. It says that Enoch walked with God so it’s all right to use the expression, “walking with Him.” It’s not exactly a New Testament expression but it’s near enough, “Walk in Him, walk with Him.”

The way Jesus spoke about walking was by another illustration—that of abiding. John 15. Now we all know in John 15 that His emphasis is not on how we get into the abiding relationship. He’s taken that for granted. In John 15, He says, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” He doesn’t discuss that. I presume He couldn’t discuss it because it was before the atonement and they hadn’t the inner light of the Spirit. Therefore it was no good Him going too far in discussions on that inner, mystical union that we’ve been talking about these days. It must come after Calvary, after the Resurrection, after Pentecost as it did through Paul and so on. So He passes that by. He just says, “This is fact. I am the vine, ye are the branches.” We’re one organism, we’re one blessed life. He Himself within us. That’s the union.

Now He says, “What I am saying to you is, ‘Abide in the union.’” So all John 15 is saying is summed up in verse 4, “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.” Verse 5. “I am the vine, Ye are the branches. He that abideth in Me and I in Him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for apart from Me ye can do nothing.” “If a man abide not in Me, certain consequences follow.” Verse 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.”

So we see quite clearly what His emphasis is. “Now continue in Me.” The word “abide” is the same as continue, the same as remain. Continue now in me. Now that’s how you put the walk; that’s the same as walking. “Continue now in Me.” “Abide in Me.” I suppose the simplest explanation we can give of what He means is that abiding in Him is seeing Him. Now He is in us and we in Him.

Karuizawa Japan Conference of 1954
Topic: “Daily Walk in the Spirit”