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1 John 2:28 – Abide In Him

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1 John 2:28
28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming (NASB).

Some use this verse to mean that it’s very possible that God will be ashamed of us when He returns. But John isn’t saying this at all. He is addressing “little children” which  means the young in Christ. We know he is speaking to believers here in this verse. It’s clear that John isn’t talking about losing our salvation. He already said in verse 25 that “This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life” (NASB).

So what is John saying? I think he is saying to maintain a fellowship with Jesus. He lives in us and will never leave or forsake us. But we can wander or go astray. Even though He is as close as a heartbeat we can look the other way. Little children must learn. They particularly must learn about God’s love and His finished work of Grace.

We all do that by abiding in Him. Even though He abides in us and us in Him as a positional place of rest, we must learn of Him. We must rest in His finished work. We come to know His finished work for us through fellowship with Him. You get to know someone by being with them. We know Jesus through the Word and through communion with Him. He wants to walk with us in the cool of the evening. He has many things to tell us about life and success. His words are life.

Though Jesus would never shame us or never be ashamed of us as His love goes far beyond that, we might find ourselves ashamed at not realizing all He had for us and all He wanted to do for us. There is no need to be ashamed. Jesus took all our shame on the Cross. There is confidence in abiding in Him. As we know God’s love, we know our place in Him and we have confidence to go before Him to find grace in times of need. Daily rest in His grace—His finished work on the Cross for you.

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