Abiding in Christ: What Does it Mean? part 2 of 9, Word Study Continued
Joh 15:4Abide 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.
Lord willing, this series of blog posts will examine John 15 after looking at each instance of the word meno in the New Testament. Expect detailed comments on John 15 later.
15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Joh 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.
Joh 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Joh 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit shouldremain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Your fruit, your good works, will continue; they will pass through the judgment. All truly converted individuals are changed by God and will bring forth good works (Ephesians 2:8-10). The fruit remaining for all the regenerate is a certain consequence of their election by God.
Joh 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
The bodies were not to remain or stay on the cross.
Joh 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
The question is if the disciple will continue, remain, or stay on earth until Christ returns.
Joh 21:23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
Would that disciple continue, remain, or stay until Christ returns?
Ac 5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
“While it remained, was it not remaining to you?”
Ac 9:43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.
Paul remained or stayed with Simon the tanner. Note that, although he was with him for many days, the aorist tense is used for his time with him.
Ac 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abidethere. And she constrained us.
Here again the abiding, remaining, or staying is a aorist tense, yet it represents a stay of what was likely a significant period of time.
Ac 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
Here Paul’s abiding with these people is expressed with an imperfect form, unlike in the previous instances, where an aorist is used.
Ac 18:20 When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;
Here again abiding is remaining/staying with people. It is aorist again.
Ac 20:5 These going before tarried for us at Troas.
The brethren in Acts 20:4 were remaining or staying (imperfect tense) for Paul, Luke, and the rest of those coming from Troas.
Ac 20:15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.
Luke, Paul, and the rest of their missionary band remained or stayed at Trygyllium for one day.
Ac 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
Bonds and afflictions are remaining, staying, or continuing yet for the Apostle.
Ac 21:7 And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.
The aorist tense expression means, “They remained or stayed with them for one day.”
Ac 21:8 And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.
Paul’s company remained or stayed with Philip the evangelist.
Ac 27:31 Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.
Those trying to flee needed to remain in the ship.
Ac 27:41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.
The forepart of the ship remained or stayed in the place where it had run aground.
Ac 28:16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.
Paul was allowed to remain or stay by himself.
Ac 28:30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,
Paul remained or stayed at his own hired house for two years.
Ro 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
God’s elective purpose is to remain, continue, or abide unshaken.
1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
The works remain, stay, or continue, that is, they pass through the fire of judgment.
1Co 7:8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.
It is good for the widows and unmarried to remain or stay in their single state.
1Co 7:11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
“Let her,” says Paul, “remain or stay in an unmarried state.”
1Co 7:20Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.
Let that man continue, remain, or stay in the same state in which he was when he was designated an heir of everlasting life.
1Co 7:24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
In whatever state one finds himself, whether circumcised or not, in whatever job station, let him remain or stay in that position.
1Co 7:40 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
The widow under consideration is happier if she remains or stays unmarried after the death of her first husband.
1Co 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
These three things continue, remain, or stay—faith, hope, and charity. While it has not been specifically mentioned in the previous verses, the nature of the meno itself does not require any sort of fellowship aspect to it. If one states that abide in John 15 includes fellowship, this conclusion must be made because of the nature of being in Christ and of true Christianity (and these things do require fellowship), not because of the anything inherent in the word meno.
1Co 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
The greatest part remain, abide, or continue alive to the point in time indicated.
2Co 3:11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remainethis glorious.
Here the New Covenant, which remains, continues, or stays, is glorious.
2Co 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
The blinding still continues or abides.
2Co 9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
God’s righteousness continues or stays.
See the complete study on meno or "abiding," which includes the passages not only in the KJV but also in the Greek NT (not present in this series of blog posts), by clicking here.