The secret power of abiding in Jesus is for those that would live in victory and endure hardship for him.
Jesus in the gospel of John, (which when written had no chapter headings and was a continuous letter) urges his disciples to “abide in the vine”. See chapter 15.
He says that He is the vine and His father the keeper of the vine. He spends a lot of time in this chapter emphasising this fact, with statements like, “if you abide in my word and my word abides in you, you will ask what you want and it will be given you”.
In chapter 16 of John’s gospel, Jesus changes tact and says, “these things have I told you, that you be not offended, for the time is coming when they will throw you out of the synagogues, and whoever kills you will think he is doing God’s service”.
So we see Jesus was telling the disciples that they needed to stay “abiding in the vine” or they would be offended:
One of the greatest reasons people leave the church is they get offended by someone. Either someone says something harmful, or does something to offend them and they fall away.
This occurs because they do not have the armour of God on, which is abiding in Jesus by reading the bible daily and spending time with Him in prayer.
Can you imagine a soldier going to war without training and armaments? So we as Christians must remain in Christ, daily. Jesus said, “offences would come”.
When we abide in Jesus the offence comes, but because we are in Christ, the offence hits not us but Jesus on the cross, and is powerless . If we are not abiding it hits us and we get wounded.