This is what God gave me today in his word:
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. And this is the promise that he made to us–eternal life. (1 John 2:24-25)
Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. – What did we hear from the beginning of our Christian life? The Gospel. What gives us eternal life? The Gospel. What are we supposed to remember (i.e. let abide in us)? As you might have guessed, the Gospel. This is because The Gospel, which is that Jesus came, died and rose again for us, is important. – But why? How could what we learned at the beginning, help us now? How can the death of one man save me?
Why is the Gospel so important?
Because is saves it, makes us new, and destroys our old self. – One man dying is nothing new. It happens all the time. However, this man was also completely God, and he took all ours sins onto himself and killed them. – The point John is trying to get across is that what we learned at the beginning of our faith, that Jesus died and rose again, is still important and valid today (thus, we should “abide in it”). – Now though, we have another question, “What does it mean to let the Gospel abide in us?”
Have you ever thought of something before, and simply not been able to get it out of your head? Maybe you were so excited about your vacation that was coming up quickly. Or maybe it was a super-bowl Sunday and you couldn’t get the thought of it out of your head. Whatever it was, it stuck in your head and wouldn’t leave you alone. That thought was abiding in your brain; taking control of your ability to concentrate. When the Gospel abides in us, we see it everywhere. We think about it constantly. – I’m not saying that in order to be a Christian you have dream about Jesus’ death for us, I’m just saying it’s what has to rule your mind. Because when you’re mind is ruled by the thought of the Gospel, temptation can’t get it.
Imagine the Gospel as a bullet proof shield around your mind, and you have a good idea of what I’m talking about. Jesus is your barrier, your protector; the way, the truth and the life. Nothing can break him down. In fact, this verse pretty much sums it up:
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
He gives us the victory. There’s a big fat period after that statement; because it’s complete. God gives us the victory through his son.
You are Loved!