Posted by: missionventureministries | May 14, 2020

WILL YOU BE ASHAMED BEFORE HIM AT HIS COMING? – 1 John 2:28

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. (1 John 2:28) 

Abiding means that we have come to know Jesus through faith in His word (Romans 10:17), and as we trust and obey our Lord and Savior we need not be afraid or ashamed when He returns; because, we have confidence at His coming. 

Many however, will be afraid when Jesus returns, because they have never known Him. And among those who know Him, many will be ashamed when He appears and will become aware that they were living a worldly, unfruitful and undisciplined life and did not abide in Him as they should have and could have. 

There are many that have worked for Christ out of selfish, prideful motives, and if they are truly born again they will be saved, but fire will test the quality of each person’s work. This is what Paul told the Corinthian church, “If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.  If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames” (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). 

Verse 15 speaks of those who are “barely saved,” they are the ones who will suffer loss and will be ashamed at His coming. 

The key scriptural prescription for preparing for His coming is to, ‘abide in Him;’ following His example, studying His word and remembering that “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust” (Psalm 91:1-2). The clear teaching is that for believers to appropriate any of God’s promises they must live in unbroken fellowship with God, never acting in self-will but doing only what God directs in His word. They must be totally yielded to the authority of Jesus. 

When we abide in Him, we are ready for Jesus to come at any time. Because everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him (1 John 2:29); and born again means that we have changed our lives from a tendency to sin to a determination to righteousness. We need to understand however, that while we will not achieve perfect righteousness until we are glorified with Jesus; we can practice righteousness right now, as born again Christians. 

Living righteously is a lifelong process of growth in obedience to God’s Word. It does not happen instantly or without setbacks and struggles. But if we are born again, we will be learning to evaluate every thought, motive, and attitude by God’s Word. The fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) will be growing and molding our character; and we will be disciplining ourselves for the purpose of godliness (1 Timothy 4:7). Of course, all of this is done in dependence on the Holy Spirit, but we must be actively involved in the process by walking by the Spirit, and not gratifying the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). 

Believers are commanded to abide in Him. When we trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, God blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Paul uses this phrase often to describe our permanent position of identification with Christ and all of the blessings that He bestows on us by His grace (Ephesians 1:3). 

The position of being in Christ comes to us through the new birth, when we are born into God’s family. If you wonder how you can know if you’ve been born again, look for signs of new life. Have you truly trusted in Jesus Christ alone for salvation? Have you repented and are you continuing to repent when you sin? Do you love God and the things of God? Is Jesus the center of your attention? These and many more are signs that you have been born again; and if you have been born again, you are in Christ because, the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked (1 John 2:6). 

Please keep in mind that when a person has truly been born again the intense desire of his or her life is to live a holy life that pleases God and honors our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

So, are you ready for the most amazing event in world history; the return of Jesus Christ? Are you abiding in Him? The answer to that question depends on whether you are saved or not. 

If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior why not do it right now? Talk to the Lord and tell Him that you want to be His child that you do not want to be ashamed when He returns. Confess all known sin to Him. Repent and accept His gracious forgiveness; and as you do, you will grow in confidence as you anticipate His coming. 

1 John 5:13 tells us, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” God wants us to understand salvation. God wants us to have the confidence of knowing for sure that we are saved. So let us go over the key points of salvation:

(a) We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God (Romans 3:23).

(b) Because of our sin, we deserve to be punished with eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23).

(c) Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died in our place, taking the punishment that we deserved. His resurrection proved that Jesus’ death was sufficient to pay for our sins.

(d) God grants forgiveness and salvation to all those who place their faith in Jesus – trusting His death as the payment for our sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:1; Romans 8:1).

That is the message of salvation! If you have truly placed your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are saved! All of your sins are forgiven, and God promises to never leave you or forsake you (Romans 8:38-39; Matthew 28:20). Remember, your salvation is secure in Jesus Christ (John 10:28-29). If you are trusting in Jesus as your Savior, you can have confidence that you will spend eternity with God in heaven! 

Remember, the key is that if you are truly born again, your life will be transformed by the Holy Spirit who will dwell in you and your deepest desire will be to please God and live a life that honors Him.

Jesus assured His disciples a few days before being crucified: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3). 

And forty days after Jesus’ resurrection the disciples watched the risen Christ ascend bodily into heaven; and while they were watching two angels appeared to them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11); assuring them once more that Jesus will return. 

Jesus is coming again for those who are His. Are you ready for Jesus’ soon return for His saints? We are. Maranatha! Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22:20-21)

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