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.
1 John 2:28 ESV
John is letting his readers know how important it is to remain in Jesus teachings. It's just as important for us today to know that the teachings we follow are those of the Lord. We all know that there are many different types of teaching out there. There are many false teachers that would have us believe something other than what our Lord has taught us through His word. This is a problem the church faced in the 1st century and she still does today in the 21st century, false teaching.
John says “little children, abide in him”, live in his ways. One thing we must remember as Christians, we are disciples of Christ. We are not be disciples of any man. Men will lead us astray, but Jesus is the way. (John 14:6) John wants all of his readers to know that if we remain in Jesus teachings, we can be confident of our place in heaven when He returns for us.
Think about it, when we stand before Jesus in judgement we want to be able to stand in confidence. We want to be able to know that He knows us because we know Him. We want him to recognize us on that day as those that followed His ways, because His ways are God's ways. We want to hear Him say “well done, good and faithful servant” not, “ I never knew you; depart from me.” We don't want to have to shrink away from Him because we were not faithful to His teachings.
So today, let's begin anew our discipleship in Christ. Let's study ourselves to be approved by Him. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 ESV
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