7449 - Confidence - 1 John 2:28


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Join us today in a study of a portion of God’s Word.

The first epistle of John in which we are now occupied in study, is filled with golden stepping stones paving the daily walk of the children of God. This book is not easily outlined because in it the elderly Apostle John, the last living apostle keeps circling around to one of the many mentioned foundational truths, in order to look at it from a new perspective, or to make application of a basic truth in the lives of his readers.

John is energized by the Holy Spirit to write this book along with the Gospel of John–– also 2 John and 3 John and Revelation–– before graduating from this world to be with his heavenly Savior and Lord. His burning desire is to counteract the false teachers who were making inroads into the first century Church. Many of those early doctrinal errors still are being proclaimed by people who are not dealing honestly with God’s truths.

One of John’s basic desires in the book of 1 John is to bring those in the Church to a recognition of the tell-tale evidence that they are indeed the true children of God.

John seems intent on giving confidence to these first century believers and to those who follow. In 1 John 2:28 we read: “And now dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.”

There are at least three bright, shining signs in the life of a believer to which John calls attention as proof-points of divine inner life in every Christian in this book. These three are:
  1. The desire to know and obey the basic commands of the Lord. He emphasizes the continual on-going evidence of this principle as opposed to a habitual lifestyle of disobedience to the Lord’s principles.
  2. He says there is in the life of every believer a supernatural love which flows between the members of God’s family that is different from those outside the Christian family. John speaks of this many times in the book of 1 John as well as in His other writings.
  3. Evidence given by John: More than once John declares that the obvious presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer is a clear sign that we are indeed children of God.

In 2:28 John’s mind seems to be focused upon the return of the Lord or at least that moment when John and his readers would be transported into the presence of the Lord by the end of earthly life.

John had a great desire that Christians would be able to stand before the Lord with confidence in their heart regarding their relationship with their Savior. Keep in mind that grounds for this confidence is never self-effort. Rather this confidence was based upon faith in the Word of God and the eternal character of God to always fulfill His Word by His power in and through His children; and then upon the work of Jesus Christ on behalf of individuals who would believe. In all honesty, no individual can have confidence in self-effort when standing before God. We join with Paul as expressed in 2 Cor. (3:5): “Not that we are competent to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.”; and then, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.(4:7)”

And as John expresses in verse 28 that they would be unashamed –– if we live a life of obedience to the Lord, as channels of His love and grace, in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, then there will be no ground for shame –– Only love, praise and rejoicing, before the throne of Christ as we stand before Him.
John reminds each reader to continue in Christ –– to abide in Him and permit unobstructed dwelling by Christ within us. Such a life will surely end in the believer receiving from Christ the indescribable gift spoken of in 2 Cor. (9:15).