See Day 1 for an introduction of this brief series.
John was one of the disciples of Jesus, who became a part of the inner ring of those closest to our Savior, described most powerfully as the "one whom Jesus loved" (John 20:2). In his later years, close to the time of his death, this grandfatherly figure to the church wrote encouraging letters to those whom he dearly loved. And as one who had seen Jesus with his own eyes, and touched him with his own hands, he had experienced the first revelation of the Son of Man (1 John 1:1-2).
And this grandfather of the church, who had many spiritual children, cared deeply that they live lives of purity, righteousness, and holiness. And his encouragement to stand strong in serious joy (1 John 1:3-4) was grounded in the second revelation of the Son of Man. Meditate on his words so that you may "watch yourselves" (Luke 21:34) and grow in holiness.
28 And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ. Then we’ll be ready for him when he appears, ready to receive him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when he arrives.
29 Once you’re convinced that he is right and righteous, you’ll recognize that all who practice righteousness are God’s true children. (1 Jn 2:28–29, The Message)
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
4 Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. 5 And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. 6 Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is. (1 Jn 3:1–6, New Living Translation)