John's Hope for a Christian
1 John 2:28
Introduction: Broken Confidence & Confusion
A lot of people have some real basic questions about Christianity. A lot of questions arise because they are looking too narrowly. If they get a broader perspective, then their questions would clear up in no time. Here are some spiritual questions people ask?
· Does it really matter if I sin?
· How do a person know he/she really is a Christian?
· A person doesn’t have to make Jesus Lord to have salvation, does he?
· A person can’t lose his salvation, can he?
· What does it mean to follow Jesus anyway?
John’s Hope for a Christian
But before going on and seeing how John will introduce what he wants to teach us, let us first take a close-up of what John is trying to do. I suppose it wouldn’t surprise us that he wants us to stay close to Christ. After all, isn’t John like a pastor. They all want you to stay close to Christ, don’t they? Let’s see how John says this in 1 John 2:28. This will help us to stay focused when we look at the broad perspective.
No matter what we might think of what John will write in the following verses, we should note how John cares for these Christians. As an old granddad, he is trying to help the people in the church understand those things that matter the most. All sorts of things confuse people, but only one thing really matters. John knows what that is and keeps us focused on it.
What is that danger? The danger is that we might shrink away in shame at Christ’s coming.
The biggest danger has the greatest troublesome ramifications. That danger is that after all our religious experience, in the end with all of our hope to be saved and go to heaven that we miss it all and shrink away in shame.
We want to remember John’s focus but we now must proceed to learn how he helps us have clarity rather than confusion. Let us now look at the whole text for it is here we will see that broad perspective.
Let’s read the whole passage of 1 John 2:28-3:10 (NASB).
John will help us understand the ins and out of our questions but he wants to leave a deeper impression of the blessing of being a Christian. Like Peter, he wants us to ask, “Where would we go if we left you?” In God’s presence we find great riches of His love, a glorious hope and absolute purity. Below he speaks of the wonders of being a child of God from 1 John 3:1-3. Read and meditate on each one.
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