Scripture for Today: 1 John 2:26-29
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. 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. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.
Knowing God does not happen by accident. As we have learned throughout the first two chapters of this book, God is actively in pursuit of us. He longs for us to know Him and to live the abundant life He has planned for us. He longs for us to know him as the Word of Life, the Light of the World and the very essence of Love. He longs to cleanse us from sin and purify us from everything the separates us from Himself. He is intentional about pursuing us. Knowing God, However, like any relationship is a two way relationship. It is not enough that God pursues us. We must respond in kind. We must pursue Him. This does not mean that we must do works to prove our fealty and worthiness. Nothing we can ever do will make us worthy. The one thing we must do in response to God’s pursuit of us is to “abide in Him.”
John uses the phrase “abide in Him” 52 times across his 4 books in the New Testament. He uses this phrase 18 times in the book of 1 John alone. Various Bible translators have used different words to try and articulate the response to God that John is instructing of us. Here are a few translations that are listed at the Bible Hub website:
- Abide in Him (NASB)
- Continue in Him (NIV)
- Live Deeply in Christ (MSG)
- Remain in Fellowship (NLT)
- Remain in Him (NET)
- Live in Christ (GWT)
- Union with Him (WNT)
Each translations provides a slightly different perspective on how we are to respond. One dictionary described the concept of abiding as, “to remain, to sojourn, to continue to be present, to be held, kept, continually.” Each of these descriptions and definitions of “abide in Him” describes a consistency of response over time to the person of Jesus Christ. John continually brings us back the fact that knowing God is a journey. It is a relationship that is built over time. It is a process that is developed in the heart and soul of the man and woman who are willing to remain in that relationship and be molded by the proximity to the power of a loving God over a period of time.
The promise to those who “abide in Him” as articulated in today’s passage is one of confidence, righteousness and rebirth. Doesn’t that sound incredible? “Abide in Him” and that promise is yours.
My NEXT Step: Memorize 1 John 2:28. “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.”
Questions to Catalyze Growth:
- What does the phrase “abide in Him” mean to you?
- What are some practical ways you can “abide in Him” today? This week?
- How does “abiding in Him” allow us to have “confidence and not shrink away” from God?
- What is holding you back from abiding in God?