God’s Word Goes Forth: Abide in God’s Love
1 John 2:18-29: Today’s reading says that true followers of Jesus will not be misled by false teachings. They are exhorted to persevere in what they have received, and to continue to follow the anointing of the Holy Spirit and claim its life-giving power, recognizing that they are children of God. The Holy Spirit will also enlighten them of all things necessary for their salvation and prepare them for eternal glory.
Today's Scripture: 1 John 2:27
…Christ has poured out his Spirit on you. As long as his Spirit remains in you, you do not need anyone to teach you. For his Spirit teaches you about everything, and what he teaches is true, not false. Obey the Spirit’s teaching, then, and remain in union with Christ.
18 My children, the end is near! You were told that the Enemy of Christ would come; and now many enemies of Christ have already appeared, and so we know that the end is near. 19 These people really did not belong to our fellowship, and that is why they left us; if they had belonged to our fellowship, they would have stayed with us. But they left so that it might be clear that none of them really belonged to us. 20 But you have had the Holy Spirit poured out on you by Christ, and so all of you know the truth. 21 I write you, then, not because you do not know the truth; instead, it is because you do know it, and you also know that no lie ever comes from the truth. 22 Who, then, is the liar? It is those who say that Jesus is not the Messiah. Such people are the Enemy of Christ—they reject both the Father and the Son. 23 For those who reject the Son reject also the Father; those who accept the Son have the Father also. 24 Be sure, then, to keep in your hearts the message you heard from the beginning. If you keep that message, then you will always live in union with the Son and the Father. 25 And this is what Christ himself promised to give us—eternal life. 26 I am writing this to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But as for you, Christ has poured out his Spirit on you. As long as his Spirit remains in you, you do not need anyone to teach you. For his Spirit teaches you about everything, and what he teaches is true, not false. Obey the Spirit's teaching, then, and remain in union with Christ. 28 Yes, my children, remain in union with him, so that when he appears we may be full of courage and need not hide in shame from him on the Day he comes. 29 You know that Christ is righteous; you should know, then, that everyone who does what is right is God's child.
When this passage was written, some people denied that Jesus was truly God’s chosen one. They claimed that earthly sin did not exist because God cared only about spiritual actions. How do people deny Jesus today? How are sin and denying Jesus related?
Holy Spirit, make me ever mindful of the promises of Christ. Teach me to live in the ways of Christ in this world, that I may be a true child of God. In Jesus Christ’s holy name I pray. Amen.