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ABIDING IN CHRIST :I JOHN 2:24-29

INTRODUCTION

There are seven test that one really knows God;

  1. keeping God’s commandments. (2:3-6)
  2. Loving one’s neighbor. (2:7-11)
  3. Growing spiritually (2:12-14)
  4. Loving not the world .(2:15-17
  5. Guarding against the Antichrist.(2:18-23)
  6. Letting the gospel abide in you. (2:28-29)
  7. Abiding in Christ (2:28-29)

Today we are discussing test 6 & 7.

Let us learn :-

I.    LETTING THE GOSPEL ABIDE IN YOU ( I John 2:24-27)

  1. The Test : Does The Gospel Abide in you ? (v.24)
  • What we heard from the beginning is the gospel.
  • The message of the gospel

* The gospel of Jesus Christ

* The gospel of the truth, of the word of God itself (V.21)

* The gospel of the apostolic message (I Cor.15:1-4)

* The gospel of salvation (Titus 2:11-14)

If the gospel abide in you, you also shall continue in the Son and in the Father.

  • To abide means (Meneto) to abide, to dwell, remain.
  • To abide is to continue to live in the Son in the Father.
  1. There is the promise of eternal life. (2:25)
  • Eternal life is the supreme promise of God to you.
  • Once a person believes in Jesus in Jesus Christ, he has eternal life. (John 3:14-15,5:24, 11:25-26, Rom.5:21, I John 5:11-12)
  1. Do not be seduced to leave Jesus Christ (2:26)
  • Guard against false teaching
  1. There is the provision of God to protect us (2:27)
  • The Holy Spirit is the anointing – He abides in us.
  • The Holy Spirit is the one who teaches us the truth.
  • The Holy Spirit seals us and guarantees and assures us that we do abide in Christ (Rom.8:16-17, 2 Cor. 1:22, Eph. 1:13-14, Eph. 4:30)

II. ABIDING IN CHRIST (I JOHN 2:28-29)

  1. Abiding in Christ means to dwell, continue, stay, sojourn, rest in or upon. It means to be at home in Christ, to be permanently settled in Christ. (I John 4:15-16)
  2. The purpose of abiding in Christ is that we may have confidence, and not be ashamed, when Christ comes.
  • Jesus Christ is coming again (Mt.16:27, 25:31-32, Jude 14-15, Rev.20:12)
  • Our task as believers is to be prepared for the return of Christ.
  • We have “Confidence”-Boldness, assurance
  • We are not to be “ashamed” when Christ returns to earth (I Cor.3:12-16, II Cor.5:10)
  1. The proof of abiding in Christ is living a righteous life. (Matt.7:16-18, 12:35)
  • The person who lives a righteous life is the person who abides in Christ . (I John 2:29)

 

CONCLUSION.

¨ Let the gospel abide in you eternally.

¨ Let Jesus Christ abide in you as you abide in Him eternally.

 

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Rev, Dr. Willy Mutiso is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Athiriver. He is widely known for his practical and dynamic teaching style which helps people apply the timeless truths of Scripture to their everyday lives.

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