“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.”
Perhaps one of the least understood aspects of operating effectively in faith, is the precept of the abiding word. But in order to understand this concept fully, we first must understand the context in which it is written. So before we try to understand this basic building block of operating effectively in faith, let’s look at the scriptural text preceding this verse.
This whole chapter 15 of the book of John is dealing with the relationship of the believer with God. In fact it starts out in verse 1 stating “…I AM the true vine, and My father is the vinedresser.” God goes on to say in verse 2 that “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.” So we see immediately that the context of verse 7 is written with the intention of the believer being a “fruit bearer.” But what fruit is He talking about that we are to bear?
Verse 10 both answers this question and clarifies it: “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love….” So is the answer “keeping His commandments?” That is a part of the answer. But if we keep His commandments we are in the will of God. Then being in His will and therefore keeping His commandments is both the prerequisite of understanding we must have, and the fruit He is talking about that He wants us to bear⎯His love.
So, John 15:7 is talking about the manifestation of God’s Word, which is His will. And if we’re talking about manifestation in the kingdom of God, then we’re also talking about faith. Are you starting to see what God is revealing to us in this verse? You see, John 15:7 is both instruction in satisfying a basic prerequisite of manifesting part of God’s Word, (first the Word must abide in you), but also instruction in how to see it come to pass, that is, to ask in faith believing, with the assurance that His guarantee is behind it⎯(the second part of this verse “…ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.”) But what is the particular revelation of believing God wants us to understand and perceive? The key to this revelation lies in this word “abide.” And how is it that we are supposed to abide? What does this word really mean?
Let’s look at how Strong’s Concordance defines this word in the original text. It says the word abide (ref.3306) translates “to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):⎯abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain….” So this word in the original Greek text, a primitive verb, that translates “abide,” means to stay in a state of expectation! And what of this word “dwell” which is also used to describe this word loosely translated as “abide?” Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines the word “dwell” as “live, reside.”
So when we put John 15:7 back together after analysis, we could paraphrase it as such: “If you abide in Me, (that is, if what you ask is according to My will) and My word abides in you (in other words, if you allow my word to take up residence inside of you and actually become a present, living, and presiding part of you), then ask what you will in expectation that it will absolutely, positively come to pass, and it shall be done for you.”
There are few greater thrills for the mature Christian than the realization and revelation of the message and the promise of The Abiding Word contained in John 15:7. Ask God to supernaturally make this verse a part of you. You will never be the same, and you will be equipped to yield “good fruit.”
In Jesus Name