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Sunday School: Higher Life Theology and Biblical Sanctification (Pt.14)

October 14, 2018 Speaker: Series: Sunday School: Higher Life Theology and Biblical Sanctification

Point #3: Jesus’ reasons for abiding (4b–6).
a. “Fruitfulness” is impossible apart from abiding in Jesus
b. Abiding results in fruitfulness
c. Failing to abide results in eternal damnation


Point # 4: Jesus’ explanation of abiding (7–8.)
a. Jesus explains what it means for him to abide in believers: Jesus abides in believers when his specific utterances (“my words”) abide in believers.
b. Jesus explains the result of his abiding in believers: When believers internalize Jesus’ specific utterances, they will make scripturally informed prayer requests, and God will answer them. The fruit in this context (what a believer produces in this passage) is the answers to those prayers (15:8). Bearing much fruit in this way glorifies God the Father and evidences that someone is Jesus’ disciple.
c. Jesus explains what it means for believers to abide in him: Jesus abides in believers when his words abide in them, and believers abide in Jesus when they obey his words. Abiding in Jesus isobeying Jesus.