**John 15:4-6 **
*4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. *
The word “abide” means to remain or stay around. The “remaining” is evidence that salvation has already taken place (1 John 2:19) and not vice versa. The fruit or evidence of salvation is continuance is service to Him and in His teaching (John 8:31; Colossians 1:23; 1 John 2:24). The abiding believer is the only legitimate believer. Abiding and believing actually are addressing the same issue of genuine salvation (Hebrews 3:6-19). The imagery in verse 6 is of destruction (Matthew 3:10-12; 5:22; 13:40-42; 25:41; Mark 9:43-49; Luke 3:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:10-15). It pictures the judgment awaiting all those who were never saved.