A True Christian Will Not Be Ashamed to See Him – 1 John 2:28

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1 John 2:28

And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

 

The Greek word in this verse, parousia, indicates His coming, and it means His presence. Thus “His coming” could be translated as His presence. The idea is that when He comes and appears to us we will be standing in His presence.

Here John encourages his readers to abide (or trust) in Christ, so that when He comes to us and appears to us (and we see Him), we will have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame.

Now some may think that the idea here is that we ought to be always beefing up our trust in Him and good works, and to be always confessing our sins (in fear) so that we will have nothing to be ashamed about when He comes. I used to think that way, but I no longer do.  Rather, I think the correct teaching here is that if we have trusted in Him and are now continuing to trust Him—which is the evidence of a true Christian and what is termed here as “abiding in Him”—we will have confidence to face Him; that is, a freedom to face Him and talk to Him in love, because He has forgiven our sins and cleansed us.

In this verse I think John is telling these “little children” to be sure of their salvation; hence, when he said “abide in Him,” he was telling them to put their roots down deep into Christ in order to be sure of their salvation. And if we are abiding in Him this way, He makes us new creatures, creatures of confidence and without shame, because of the fact that our sins are paid for and forgiven at the cross, praise God! We don’t have to worry about what we will do or say when He comes and appears to us. If we are truly saved (abiding in Him) we will not be ashamed or fear Him. No. We will be glad to see Him.

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One Response to A True Christian Will Not Be Ashamed to See Him – 1 John 2:28

  1. James J. S. Johnson says:

    When the Lord returns to Earth is its righteous King and Judge, at His glorious appearing (parousia), it will be a magnificent and splendor-filling spectacle, making 4th-of-July fireworks look like a single firecracker (by comparison). Unlike the Rapture (which occurs in the twinkling of an eye, so those left behind will wonder what happened), the Parousia of our Lord will display His majestic glory, His regal richness, His dazzling dignity — it will be an in-everyone’s-faces (i.e., undeniable, unavoidable) exhibition of Who the Lord Jesus Christ really is — the King of Glory! Consider this quick word-study. OUSIA is a N.T. Greek word meaning wealth, property, assets (e.g., see Luke 15:12). Since OUSIA means “property”, EXOUSIA means that “authority” (or property-owner’s “rights”) which is derived from owning specific property, i.e., authority over one’s own property (which can be delegated by the property owner, it he or she so chooses to delegate or entrust his own property rights to another — see EXOUSIA in Romans 13:1). Thus, PAROUSIA involves an appearance that displays (as if it were accompanying luggage, alongside the arriving person) a property owner’s wealth/assets/riches/glory. The victorious Return of Christ, in power and glory, will not be a simple event when He merely arrives on Earth — rather, it will be a triumphant, in-everyone’s-faces, unforgettable, unavoidable, spectacular, glorious entrance! Even so, come (and judge and restore your property — planet Earth — which is so abused and rotted with ungodly sin and vile wickedness), Lord Jesus! With that in mind, consider 2nd Thessalonians 2:8, which says “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming [a form of PAROUSIA].”

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