1 John 2:28-3:3 "Abide In Him"
Text: 1 John 2:28-3:3
28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Two observations in verse 28:
The key to facing Jesus confidently is to abide in Him
Jesus Christ will return and some will shrink back in shame and others will have confidence
Our text begins by stating, “And now, little children, abide in Him”. ‘Abide’ means to continue, be faithful and to stand firm. Let’s begin by giving some practical ways that believers can ‘abide in Him’.
The first way that we ‘abide in Him’ is to receive Christ by faith and then continue in Christ by faith. Last week we considered the fact that the church in Corinth and the church in Galatia had struggled to abide in the message that they had heard. The Corinthians tended to believe anyone who preached a different Christ, a different Spirit, or came with a different gospel. The church in Galatia received Christ by faith but then they tried to perfect themselves by adding a law.
This week our Plethos discipleship group finished our last class. That last study was important. It began with these words, “Salvation comes entirely by the grace of God. It is important to note however, that just as we are righteous in Christ by grace through faith, so in the same way do we live out our righteousness: by grace through faith. Eternal life and the abundant life are both experienced by grace through faith.” (Plethos, p.120)
In regards to these things we can begin with two questions.
First, Have I truly believed in Christ? Have I trusted in Him as the provision for my sin and do I live in total dependence upon Christ for my salvation? Can I say that I ha e a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
Secondly, are you a believer who is continuing to walk each day by the grace of God through faith (Galatians 2:20)? Or have you begun to trust in yourself or something else other than Christ for your sanctification?
The second way that a believer can ‘abide in Him’ is to continue in His Word. We saw this last week in 1 John 2:24, “Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He made to us – eternal life.”
We are to abide in the teachings, the promises, the commands, the correction, rebuke and admonishments of the Scriptures. The scriptures are spiritual food for our souls and we need to take it in every day to grow and remain healthy.
The third way that a believer can ‘abide in Him’ is to be dependent upon the Holy Spirit who has been given to believers. We read in 1 John 2:27, “But the anointing that you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But His anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie – just as it has taught you, abide in Him.”
This past week I listened to a wonderful sermon by Pastor David Ellis on Galatians 5:16-26. In it he brought out four main points concerning walking by the Spirit.
The Christian who walks by the Spirit will experience an inner struggle with indwelling sin,