“If” is a little big word—little in the number of letters it comprises, big in its consequences. It is often used in the Bible to set forth a necessary condition with which one must comply in order for a particular promise, benefit, or blessing to occur. Consider the following.
1. Jesus declared: “If you continue (abide, ASV, NASB) in My word, then you are My disciples indeed” (John 8:31). Turning that statement into a negative question, what would be the result of one not continuing (abiding) in the word/teaching of Christ? Is it not abundantly clear that a person must continue in the teaching of Jesus in order to be a true disciple/follower of Him? Continue reading