The error of Pelagians is to conclude that doing righteousness is a condition of becoming a child of God. Thirdly, that we must act for Christ. In Matthew 1:20 it is used of conception, "that which is conceived in her." "You are not your own, you are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your bodies and in your spirits, which are His.". (Ibid), Derickson - Of note is John’s inclusion of himself with the first person plural (Lieu, 116). (Defender's Study Bible Notes), Burge - Christ’s appearance will produce two reactions. Hebrews 5:5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him, "YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU"; Hebrews 11:12 Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN IN NUMBER, AND INNUMERABLE AS THE SAND WHICH IS BY THE SEASHORE. When He appears - Jesus is coming again. (Pr 4:23-note). Nor how believing in His Word (Twenty-First Century Biblical Commentary - 1 John), Steven Cole - James Boice writes (The Epistles of John [Zondervan], p. 96) that in the New Testament, “… one verse in twenty-five deals with the LORD'S RETURN. 2. 1:3). Accept His gracious forgiveness. We must trust him with the salvation of our souls, and having put them into His hands, having committed them to His keeping — we should rest satisfied that He will save them. It is only as one is in Christ that he becomes a "new creation" [is born again], and thus becomes "the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21). Remember, if you are a Christian, the Lord Jesus feels interested in everything that affects you, however insignificant it may appear. 29 But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh (natural descent) persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. The union between Christ and His people is represented by Himself by the figure of a vine and its branches; teaching us that our union with Him is as real, as close, and as necessary — as the union of the branch with its parent stem. The necessity of something else taking place first destroys the concept of imminency. Born of Him - John uses the expression born of Him twice (1Jn 2:28, 1Jn 5:1) and born of God seven times (1Jn 3:9-twice, 1Jn 4:7, 1Jn 5:1, 1Jn 5:4, 1Jn 5:18-twice). to do what He bids us. He is righteous - This could refer to either the Father or the Son or possibly Both (Smalley-WBC). And the list goes on and on. Lord's care. Personal holiness. The dead in Christ will rise first, and then we, who are alive and remain will be caught up, together with them in the clouds, where we will meet the Lord in the air. However the fact that John issues the command to abide is a call for our daily experience to match our eternal position! I will be for You, and for You alone now — as I hope to be with You and like You forever. Rather, he was acknowledging that there is uncertainty as to the exact time of His appearing. NET: If you know that he is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness has been fathered by him. My dear friends, we live in stirring times, everything is full of life and vigor — except the Church of Christ, which ought to be more so than anything else. Reader, are you in Christ? Morning, noon, and night — let us pray for it. Being one with Christ, our Beloved Lord gives us this gracious and necessary direction, "Abide in Me.". But a godly conscience delights to look at God. The person who has been “born of God” through faith in Christ knows God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. If you do not hold tenaciously to the truth, you are not abiding in Christ, who is the truth. The passive voice means to be begotten or to be born. Indeed, John says "we shall see Him just as He is!" This is the kind of saint that keeps a daily check-up on himself as to sin in his life. Doctrine demands duty. Ps 2:7 (quoted in Acts 13:33 and Heb 1:5; 5:5) states, “Thou art my Son; Today have I begotten Thee.”. And then the conviction would be forced on every conscience, that the religion of Christ is a divine reality, a holy power, and a supernatural nature. Nay, fear apart, we who believe and love Him would not wish to be found by Him, at His coming, in any mood of mind, in any attitude of body, in any company, at any work, in any pleasure, over any book, that would cause even a momentary shrinking from Him in shame. That which has justified you, will sanctify you. 1 John 2:29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him: Greek - εαν ειδητε (5762) οτι δικαιος εστιν (5719) γινωσκετε (5719) οτι {Variant #1: } {Variant #2: και } πας ο ποιων (5723) την δικαιοσυνην εξ αυτου γεγεννηται (5769). The reality of one's sonship may be deduced from the fact that God's righteousness abides in him. Gennao describes the commencement of life where previously none had existed. ’Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, That which has, in a measure, sanctified you, will yet perfect you. the “longer ending” of Mark 16:12, 14); and in glory at the end (1Jn 3:2; Col 3:4-note; 1Pe 5:4-note). Here in his Epistle he points out the proofs whereby we may know we are born from above. Tomorrow, we shall rise and go to our reward!" O for grace to make us more like Christ. Why, beloved, the Lord has to nurse you! intimations of His will, Righteousness (1343)(dikaiosune from dikaios = being proper or right in the sense of being fully justified being or in accordance with what God requires) in simple terms is what is right in the sight of men, but most importantly in the sight of God. John is not saying we might not sin but “if” or “when” we do sin, Jesus is our advocate, being the “propitiation for our sins” or meeting the satisfaction of the Father’s wrath against our sins. (H A Ironside Notes). In what ways is becoming a Christian becoming an entirely new man/woman? Paul Carrier - Outside the New Testament, parousia was often used to speak of the “coming” of a royal dignitary, perhaps one who was passing through a village on a journey. That is our business; all else is a natural result. (An Exposition of the Epistles of St John), Wiersbe - Not all Bible students are agreed as to the details of future events, but evangelical Christians agree that Christ is returning for His church (1Th. AS A LITTLE CHILD, DO NOT THINK MORE HIGHLY OF YOURSELF THAN YOU OUGHT TO THINK. Houlden, 85.) (Word Biblical Commentary), Parrhesia - 13/31 uses are by the apostle John = Mark 8:32; John 7:4, 13, 26; Jn 10:24; Jn 11:14, 54; Jn 16:25, 29; Jn 18:20; Acts 2:29; 4:13, 29, 31; 28:31; 2Cor 3:12; 7:4; Eph 3:12; 6:19; Phil 1:20; Col 2:15; 1 Tim 3:13; Phlm 1:8; Heb 3:6; 4:16; 10:19, 35; 1 John 2:28; 1Jn 3:21; 4:17; 5:14, Criswell - Christ's return will inevitably cause one of two reactions. The Moral Test (3) - 1 John 2:28-3:10a, Westcott introduces this verse noting that now "John turns from the ideal view of the believer to the practical enforcement of duty: ‘I have said that God’s gift is unchangeable; and that the Christian continues living in that which he received, and so abides in his Lord; and now, in the face of your enemies, realise your life: do you abide in Him, and prove your fellowship by your action.’ The verses serve also to prepare the way for the next section, introducing ideas which are afterwards developed (1 John 2:28 Commentary), Wiersbe introduces this next section with these summary comments - John has now concluded his message on fellowship and is about to begin his message on sonship. Every believer, including John, will have one of two responses to Jesus when they stand in His presence for the first time: the believer either will be comfortable in His presence or will be looking for somewhere to hide in humiliation....the judgment alluded to here must be what has been labeled the Bema Seat judgment of Christ, described by Paul in Rom 14:10–13, 1 Cor 3:10–15 and 2 Cor 5:9–11. Gen 4:18; Ge 5:3-4, Ge 5:6-7, 9-10, 12-13, 15-16, 18-19, 21-22, 25-26, 28, 30, 32;6:4, 10; 10:8, 13, 15, 24, 26; 11:10-12; 17:20; 22:23; 25:3, 19; Ge 46:20-21; 48:6; Ex 6:20; Lev 18:9; Nu 26:29, 58, 60; Dt 4:25; 28:41; 32:18; Jdg 11:1; Ruth 4:18-20; 2Sa 5:14; 2Kgs 20:18; 1Chr 1:10, 34; 2:3, 10-12, 17-18, 20, 22, 36-38, 44, 46, 48-49; 3:4; 4:2, 8, 11-12, 14, 17; 6:4-6; 7:15, 32; 8:1, 7-9, 11, 32-34, 36-37; 9:38-40, 42-43; 2Chr 11:21; 13:21; 24:3; Ezra 10:44; Neh 12:10-11; Job 3:3; 5:7; 38:21; 42:13, 17; Ps 2:7; Pr 8:25; 11:19; 17:17; 23:22; Eccl 4:14; 5:14; 6:3; Isa 1:2; 9:6; 39:7; 45:10; 49:21; 66:9; Jer 2:27; 16:2-3; Ezek 16:20; 18:10, 14; 21:30; 23:37; 31:6; 36:12; 47:22; Hos 5:7; 9:16; Zech 13:3, 5; Gennao is used often in the Septuagint to render yalad (יָלַד, 3205), “to bear, bring forth, beget, be delivered.” This verb occurs in all Semitic languages and in nearly all verbal forms. II.  Do I memorize and meditate on God’s Word, applying it to my life? If he looks around, he sees his Christian brethren whom he loves; he also sees a world lost in sin, desperately needing his godly witness.