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And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
1 John 2:28
John has been teaching, in effect, “Beloved people, don’t believe the lie. It not only robs you of doctrine, it robs you of life; it is that which robs you of God’s greatest gift that has been made possible by the incarnation of His Son. If the eternal son had not come from God and been made flesh, if there is no union between human nature and the Son of God, how can we have a new nature?”
In 1 John 2:28 John emphasizes one final thing: “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” “Don’t believe that lie,” says John in effect, “because if you do, you will find yourself face to face with it as a fact. These people have denied the truth,” says John; “don’t believe in a kind of phantom body and that the eternal God came upon a man and then left him. It is unreal,” says John, “don’t believe it. The day is coming when you will face the fact—the God-Man is coming into this world. He will come again, and then you will see Him; and if you believe that lie, you will be ashamed when you see Him.”
Writing in the Apocalypse, John says, “Every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him” (Revelation 1:7). And when they see Him they will cry out “to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us . . . from the wrath of the Lamb” (Revelation 6:16). That is a fact; this is not fancy. The God-Man will come again, and if you want to rejoice in that day, if you want to have confidence when you look at Him, and if you want to say, “Even so come, Lord Jesus,” then avoid this lie, beware of these liars who deny that Jesus is the Christ.
A Thought to Ponder
The God-Man will come again, and if you want to rejoice in that day, beware of these liars.
From Walking with God, p. 140.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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