Part 4 - The Application of Faith
Overview: Abiding in the Rule and Grace of Christ
A fourth place of abiding in Christ is abiding in His rule. The sanctifying work of Christ has set the believer out from under the rule and condemnation of the Law into the rule of Christ. This rule is of a different nature than the rule of the Law. It is a rule of love and grace. To abide in Christ is to abide in His grace. As lord, Jesus is conforming His people into His own image through grace. The illustration that Jesus gave of abiding in Him is that of a branch connected to the vine. By grace one lives in Christ where God's Spirit produces fruit. Grace comes first and the fruit naturally follows.