READ : 1 John 2:26-3:3
When he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. (v. 2)
Abide. It is a word I rarely hear, or use. But this is one of John’s favorite terms. He encourages us to abide in Jesus, which means to trust, rest, even dwell in him. The picture that comes to mind is of a tree that sinks its roots deep into the soil, drawing the water and minerals it needs to flourish.
We can abide in Jesus because God has made us his children through him. “That is what we are,” John writes. It is both a fact and a gift; it has nothing to do with our worthiness, performance, or goodness. But that is not all. John says that we will also become like Jesus in his glorified state once we see him as he truly is.
Christian growth is a paradox. In essence it is becoming what we already are in Christ. We are God’s children; we will someday share in Christ’s resurrection glory and actually be like him in practice. So John urges us to purify ourselves as God is pure, and thus become the pure people we already are through God’s gracious gift of salvation.
Lord, thank you that we are your children and that we are already pure. Help us, then, to live as pure people. In Jesus’ name, Amen.