THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
THE END TIMES - 15
1 John 2:22-28
We are on the second day of our new year, but in order to
prepare ourselves for the work at the beginning of this new
year, we again still go to the end, that is, the end times.
John tells us, “And now, children, remain in him, so
that when he appears we may have confidence and not be put
to shame by him at his coming.” (1 Jn 2:28). Jesus is
coming. Jesus is going to appear again. When he does, we do
not want to be put to shame, that is, to be told that we are
not welcome in heaven but are going to hell. How do we avoid
that? How can we have the confidence that we will be accepted?
We need to remain in him.
remain in him is to live Christ. Not leave Christ, but live
Christ. Not leave but remain. What does it mean to live Christ?
John repeatedly speaks about “remaining.” “Let
what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you
heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain
in the Son and in the Father.” (1 Jn 2:24). He speaks
about the authentic apostolic witness, the truth about the
gospel, the right response to Jesus. He speaks about the centrality
of Jesus, which the enemy is trying so hard, unfortunately
with good success today, to destroy. This is the work of the
antichrist, the one who is anti-Christ, the complete antithesis
of Christ. As against the truth of the gospel, the evil one
is the father of lies. “Who is the liar? Whoever denies
that Jesus is the Christ. Whoever denies the Father and the
Son, this is the antichrist.” (1 Jn 2:22).
we need to meet Christ and to know Christ. We need to know
the authentic gospel. We need to know that only in Jesus is
our salvation. Only in Jesus will we not be put to shame at
the end of time. This is our confidence, since it is based
on the promise of God. “And this is the promise he made
us: eternal life.” (1 Jn 2:25).
the enemy continues to deceive many. So we need to tell them
the truth. We need to proclaim the gospel to them. We need
to share Christ. John said, “I write you these things
about those who would deceive you.” (1 Jn 2:26). In
turn, we speak to people of these things so they will know
the truth, which sets them free and brings them to salvation.
is the truth of the gospel?
“He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness”
(Ps 98:3a). God is merciful and faithful. He loves us with
an eternal love. Jesus want us to live eternally with him
right hand and holy arm have won the victory.” (Ps
98:1c). Jesus has crushed the head of the serpent and has
won our salvation through the cross. We as his people share
in his victory over death, sin and the evil one.
has done marvelous deeds.” (Ps 98:1b). Jesus is present
in our lives. He guides and blesses us. He considers us
Lord has made his victory known; has revealed his triumph
in the sight of the nations” (Ps 98:2). “All
the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.”
(Ps 98:3b). God desires all to be saved. So Jesus sends
his disciples to proclaim his salvation to the ends of the
So we need to share Christ. Since this is our commission,
our marching orders, we are given the grace and authority
and power to accomplish the task. In other words, we are anointed
for the work. We must have this confidence. “As for
you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you”
(1 Jn 2:27a). If we remain in Jesus, then his anointing remains
in us. If we live Christ, we are empowered to witness to him
and so can share Christ.
are still those who might question why we speak, preach and
teach about Jesus. The Jews also asked John the Baptist, “Who
are you?” (Jn 1:19). Though anointed, we are “not
the Messiah.” (Jn 1:20). Though we speak prophetically,
we are not Elijah or the Prophet (Jn 1:21). So who are we?
We are those sent by God, just like John, into the desert
of the world to prepare the way for the coming of Jesus. “I
am ‘the voice of one crying out in the desert, “Make
straight the way of the Lord,” ’ ” (Jn 1:23).
Further, aside from the proclamation of the gospel, John baptized
with water (Jn 1:26a), and Jesus baptized with the Holy Spirit.
We in turn pray with people for their baptism in the Spirit,
so that they might be able to truly meet and know Christ,
“the one among you whom you do not recognize”
(Jn 1:26b). We help prepare the way, for “the one who
is coming after (us)” (Jn 1:27a).
At Christmas we sang, “Joy to the world, the Lord is
come.” Now we look forward to the second coming of the
Lord, by moving onward to the New Evangelization. May the
whole world then be able to proclaim: “Shout with joy
to the Lord, all the earth; break into song; sing praise.”