My post from last night – “Jesus abides with me and I can abide with him” – was the culmination of a week of blogging through my responses to the meme “5 Things I Dig about Jesus” which was started by John Smulo. (By the way, if you haven’t taken part in this thing, you should. I enjoyed thinking about Jesus and trying to express what he means to me.)
The fact that Jesus abides with me and that I can abide with him was the first thing that I thought of for this meme. However, I put it last because I wanted to spend more time on it. You see, I’ve been meditating on abiding with Christ for the last several weeks. I’ve read many passages of Scripture trying to understand better what it means to abide in Christ and how that should affect my life. I have much more to write on this subject, but I’m not going to tackle it yet.
Instead of writing more about abiding in Christ, I want to ask a question. I’ve come across several phrases in Scripture that seem to mean the same (or similar) thing to the phrase “abide in Christ”. So I ask you, my readers, are these phrases all describing the same thing, or are there differences between one, some, or all of them? Also, are there other phrases in Scripture that you think may describe the same thing as “abide in Christ”?
- abide in Christ
- walk in the Spirit
- be filled with the Spirit
- walk in the light
- let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
- find rest
- fellowship of the Spirit
These are a few of the phrases. Are there others? What do you think? Same, similar, completely different?