Jesus said,"If you abide(meno - remain, continue, endure)in My word, you are My disciples indeed."(John 8:31, NKJV)
Jesus just set the bar on what it means or what
demonstrates that an individual who claims to be a child of God is really a
child of God. Being a child of God is not by believing or assenting to a set or
system of facts or information. Becoming a child of God is not intellectual.
What does it mean
to 'abide, remain, continue, or endure in the word of Christ? Let's take a look
at a couple of dependable commentators and see if we can grasp the meaning of
William Hendriksen writes
One abides in
the word of Christ by making it the rule of one's life. In other words,
obedience is the same thing as abiding in the word. This makes one a true
disciple of Jesus and leads to genuine knowledge of the truth (God's special
revelation which has its heart and center in the work of Christ).
“It is best to think that John is speaking
to men who had made an outward profession, but that in this particular case it
did not go very deep. Jesus’ words then are meant to drive home to formal and
casual adherents something of the meaning of true discipleship. If men in any
sense believe in Him it is important that they be led to see what real faith
means…the key word is “abide.” It is easy enough to be attracted in a
superficial fashion, but the test is abiding. It is only those who continue who
are genuine disciples…He is not laying down a condition of discipleship, but
telling them in what discipleship consists. When a man abides in Christ’s word,
then he is a true disciple.” 
D. A. Carson
adds this thought:
“…Jesus now lays down exactly what it is
that separates spurious faith from true faith, fickle disciples from genuine
disciples: If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. The verb
rendered “hold” is meno, to abide, to remain – a theme of critical importance that
returns in a concentrated way in Ch. 15. A genuine believer remains in Jesus’ “word”
(logos), his teaching: i.e. such a person obeys it, seeks to understand it
better, and finds it more precious, more controlling, precisely when other
forces flatly oppose it. It is the one who continues in the teaching who has
both the Father and the Son.” 
Is this your
understanding of what true discipleship is? Do you concur that genuine
salvation is demonstrated by a remaining, enduring, continuing, or abiding in
the word of God?
This causes me to take a good look at my level of commitment
and type of commitment that I have towards God’s Word, contained in the Bible. Remember, James, the Lord’s half-brother said, “Therefore
put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the
implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of
the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For
if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks
intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes
away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the
perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets
but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (James
not enough to hear the word in order to be a disciple, we must continue to obey
the word. What think ye?
 William Hendriksen, The Gospel of John, New Testament
Commentary, Vol. 1(Grand Rapids:
Baker Book House, 1976), p. 52
 Leon Morris, The Gospel According to John, NICNT, (Grand
Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1971), p. 455-456
 D. A. Carson, The Gospel According to John, The Pillar NT
Commentary, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1991), p. 348
it has been a “few days” since we have last visited this topic. These thoughts
were garnered from my devotion of May 8th, 2015. Principles,
questions, observations and thoughts are generated in my mind as I meditate and
contemplate on an event in the life of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
As I have mentioned I am using John MacArthur’s One Perfect Life, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. I am
examining and meditating through an event a day from this marvelous harmony.
MacArthur has broken the life of our Lord down into 215 events. So for the first
215 days of 2015 my topic for devotion is the life of Christ.
note: my father did have a heart-attack
in 2002. Fortunately as severe as it was he was able by the grace of God to
make a full recovery. I tried to write this song for him back in 2002. I just couldn’t
write it. The idea was there but I couldn’t write or say what I wanted to say.
I put this on the shelf.
I took the idea and title out and played with it. This still doesn’t say what I
want to say and since it wrote itself in less than 4 minutes I just let the
words flow as they wanted to flow. This for my dad, and before he goes I want
him to know how much I love him.