This essay aims to show that "abiding" or "remaining" (μένω and its cognates) is a major theme of John's Gospel and therefore deserves more attention than commentators usually afford it. It tries to show that abiding is John's preferred and primary way to characterize discipleship and that, as this abiding is based on the relations between Jesus and the Spirit and the Father, John in some way gestures toward a Trinitarian logic. Further, the theme emerges in connection with John's pneumatology and sacramental theology.

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