Abiding in Christ!
(Carl Heinrich von Bogatzky, "A Golden Treasury for the Children of God" 1718)
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine — so neither can you unless you abide in Me." John 15:4
To abide in Christ, who is our righteousness and strength — is the very life and power of Christianity. We are in this happy state, when . . .
our thoughts are going out after Him,
our hearts are cleaving to Him, and
our minds are staying upon Him.
To abide in Him brings peace and joy, and strength to overcome sin and the world — which believers renounce the more readily, as they have found something better in Christ.
Abiding in Him, believers . . .
look to Christ for all,
go to Christ with all, and
depend on Christ through all.
Thus they abide in Jesus — and Jesus abides in them.
May the Lord give me grace, likewise, immovably to abide in Him. Then I shall . . .
overcome the world,
and always triumph in Christ.