Tuesday, December 7, 2010

1 John 2:24-29

24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.
26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

Questions to consider:
  • In contrast to anti-christs, what are the characteristics of one who knows God and has eternal life?
  • What is your relationship with God?
  • In the face of false teaching, who is our true teacher?
  • What will abiding in the Son mean in the specific attitudes and actions of your life today?
Possibilities for prayer:

What does it mean for you to “remain” in God? We see similar language in the Gospel of John when he talks about the vine and the branches (see John 15), so it is likely an important concept for the writer (and for us). Today, let’s ask for wisdom in learning how to remain in God, as well as for the ability to trust the anointing that we have been granted by God’s spirit.