THE PURITY OF LIFE
The Apostle referred to all believers as “little children” in 1 John 2:28 though earlier he referred to little children, youths and elders. He always exhorted them to remain in the Lord. “… he shall appear …” (1 John 2:28) refers to the Second Coming of the Lord. Among other things required at the Second Coming is purity of life. He said this shall give us confidence. This is boldness and not shame.
Christ spoke of the same things when He spoke of His coming. He said that the sign of the Son of Man shall appear in heaven, He shall come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He followed this with three parables in Matthew 24:27-51 that called for readiness at His coming. It is the believer’s duty to wait and keep that requirement of a pure life. They are to wait for that Coming and always look for it. When there is that confidence, we will love that expectation of His appearing. It will be a promotion of the faithful. Meanwhile we get busy in witnessing for Him, for He said that the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world then the end shall come. The Apostle closed the book of Revelation with the words, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20). Such a prayer comes from one who walks in purity of life.
John stated that the Lord is righteous and every one that does righteousness is born of Him. The Lord referred to the believers as the righteous when He talked of judgment in Matthew 25:37, 46 and He said these shall have eternal life. When one is born again and has put on the Lord Jesus Christ, he will demonstrate the works of righteousness. Truth is the spiritual prescription for walking in Christ.
THOUGHT: Purity of life is righteousness and freedom from sin.
PRAYER: Lord, keep me from sin so that I may walk in the purity of life.