22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. 1 John 2:22-25
What did we hear at the beginning?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5
I love the way that John wrote about the beginning in his Gospel, and then references it again here. I love that at the end of his big proclamation from yesterday of who is a liar and who is following Jesus, he tells us to breathe, and go back to the beginning.
Because, John says, if what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.
If, then. Evidence. Always more evidence. If what we heard abides in us, then we will abide in the Son and the Father.
And yet, how do we abide in anything?
Abide is closely related to the word “abode” which means a home, or a place of residence. When I stop to think, I remember that to abide in something means to make it our home.
When we abide in the Gospel, it means moving our house to build it on the solid rock of Jesus. It’s changing our address, declaring to the world that this is where we are now, standing on top of him. He is our home, and our life will be within his arms and assurances. We will rest our life in the palm of his hand.
On an even deeper level, abiding in something means letting it change who we are. Letting it change who we talk to, what we do for a living, what we eat, what we buy.
John reminds us that if we abide in the truth that we heard from the beginning, the untarnished Gospel, if we believe it and let it change us, then our life will be evidence of the Son and the Father.
I pray today that we would sink deeper into the truth we believe, and that we would abide in him this month in ways we never have. Would we let the gospel change who we are, moving our home to be only on him and his promises.