If you’ve been reading along with us, we just stepped out of the book of Job and it is extra refreshing to read about the hope we have in Jesus. Watch this if you want an overview on 1,2 & 3 John.
“…So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.” 2:27c
This verse summed up both chapters for me. Did you feel like you were reading about a lot of things you should be doing, but maybe aren’t? I did. Don’t love the things of this world. But clothes! And cheese! And mediocre quality television drama! Don’t have any enemies. But what if it’s for a really good reason? Obey all of God’s commandments. I broke this by 9am.
How could I possibly live up to this? Remain in Christ. “…But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” 2:1
We need to stick with him. He vouches for us, pleading our cases to God and siding with us. I cannot even fathom why he does this, when I constantly fail him, tend to other desires and misrepresent him. He shows me how to live in this world without loving this world, he changes my heart to be holier and shapes what I think about, talk about and do. “Living in the light” is not possible without him. And it’s lonely in the dark.
What does it look like for you to adhere to Christ? What needs to change?