Does abiding in Christ mean living a good life?
In a sense, yes. But not in a strict sense.
Because you have chosen to abide there.
I'm fairly sure we have heard from our parents, "If you're going to live in my house, you will abide by my rules
Or like when you are in a different country, you are obliged to abide by their laws.
And Christ does make the point that many may call Him "Lord", but do not do his will, and therefore will not be saved by Him.
(34) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
(35) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
(36) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
(37) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
(38) When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
(39) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
(40) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
(41) Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
(42) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
(43) I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
(44) Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
(45) Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
(46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
But when you talk about being "good", it will depend on what sort of "good" you are speaking off.
Doing the above would be considered "good", and seems to be required
of those in Christ.
If YOU do not do what is required, then what happens ---- YOU do not get eternal life.
But if we try to rely on OUR "goodness" as the source
that gives us life
, then we all miss the mark because all our righteous deeds are as filthy rags.
None of us are "good" enough to be the sacrifice God required.
But at the same time, we are required to do good works and refrain from evil works.
The same principal was in the parable of the servants.
They were all His
servants, but not all those servants did what was expected.
(45) But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
(46) The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
I think it ties in with the message James was communicating to us: faith without works is dead.