“Now Jesus, having turned, saw them following, and says to them, What are you seeking? But they said to him, Rabbi (which is to say, by translation: Teacher), where do you abide? He says to them, Come and see. They went and saw where he abode, and they remained with him that day. It was approximately the tenth hour.” vs38-39
This is a gracious and merciful call from the Lord Jesus Christ, our Master – that the high and infinite One from heaven would condescend to dwell with us is a marvel above marvels, that He’d give Himself to the cursed tree, so that we could be redeemed and dwell with Him is greater than heart could wish, because He is the fullness of peace and power over sin. He is the SWEETEST revelation that can come to man, and He’s ours for the taking. He says, “Come and see”, and we are to come to Him by faith and dwell with Him by faith, relying on His righteousness and strength to live for His glory. Bless you, if you have faith in Christ, for you have Christ Himself, and the fullness of Christ belongs to you.
He has not looked upon us to earn this dwelling, but He’s told us to “only believe”. What He’s done is sufficient for sinners to enter and for believers to stay there! Never is it our strength in the flesh or our godliness that keeps Him near: It is faith in His name, the faith of God’s elect that leans upon Him and causes us to live godly. “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed–and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes (Acts 3:16).” We are justified and sanctified by faith, so that the vilest believer may come near, again and again, for fresh resources.
We cannot abide with Him in unbelief, but faith will yield the sweetness of the Spirit (Rom 8:9). Get out of Romans 7 and into Romans 8. Don’t walk with God by how you feel, but get OUTSIDE of yourself, and the Spirit of peace will come with power. “The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children (Rom 8:16).” He will give you boldness and assurance, so that you know your inheritance, and you will taste and see the Lord is good.
Abiding in Him transforms us into His likeness. Believing God makes us act like Him and yields us to His word. We walk like the Son, leaning on the Father, taking hold of the promises, and we delight to do His will by an inward persuasion. It isn’t mind over matter or will power, but the gracious operation of the Spirit. We are not trying to live against our nature, but a new heart is within that delights to give Him glory, sees justness and beauty in the commandments, and we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16). This makes us gracious and kind, since no man can walk with God unless he’s utterly nothing. This makes us humble because we consciously lean on outside of ourself resources by grace. We know God is the Savior, so giving Him glory is natural: It is not forced praise, but praise that is real, felt, and within reason (Rom 12:1). This gift of grace makes serving our neighbor the right thing because we’re served constantly. Christ says, “For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you (John 13:15).”
Brothers, abide with Him as the most important aspect in life! It is not about ministry, but Him, no matter where He has us because His presence is everything. Nothing else delivers us from Satan but Jesus Christ walked in and enjoyed. Make Him your FIRST PRIORITY in the day, and don’t go without Him, wearying yourself in filth and helplessness, but get encouragement throughout the day.
He will be with you and give you all that you need, if (1) You believe that you need Him (2) Believe that you have Him (3) Abide in what He shows you. Walk in forgiveness, and don’t doubt it by your mountain of sin. Walk in strength promised and felt, as you believe on Him.
Rest, my dear brothers, so you can work. “Even so, be strong, Zerubbabel”–this is the LORD’s declaration. “Be strong, Joshua son of Jehozadak, high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land”–this is the LORD’s declaration. “Work! For I am with you”–the declaration of the LORD of Hosts (Haggai 2:4).” You cannot serve God until He serves you, so count on Him daily to be gracious enough, satisfied in Christ, and willing to give you the Spirit. When He’s gone, come back to Him, and take the gracious invitation again and again. He says, “Come and see.”