1 John 2:28
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New International Version
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

New Living Translation
And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.

English Standard Version
And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.

New American Standard Bible
Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

King James Bible
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So now, little children, remain in Him, so that when He appears we may have boldness and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

International Standard Version
Even now, little children, abide in him. Then, when he appears, we will have confidence and will not turn away from him in shame when he comes.

NET Bible
And now, little children, remain in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink away from him in shame when he comes back.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And now my children, abide in him, that when he is revealed, we shall not be ashamed before him, but we shall have boldness at his arrival.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, dear children, live in Christ. Then, when he appears we will have confidence, and when he comes we won't turn from him in shame.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

King James 2000 Bible
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

American King James Version
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

American Standard Version
And now, my little children, abide in him; that, if he shall be manifested, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now, little children, abide in him, that when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be confounded by him at his coming.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, children, abide in him, that if he be manifested we may have boldness, and not be put to shame from before him at his coming.

English Revised Version
And now, my little children, abide in him; that, if he shall be manifested, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now, little children, abide in him; that when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Weymouth New Testament
And now, dear children, continue in union with Him; so that, if He re-appears, we may have perfect confidence, and may not shrink away in shame from His presence at His Coming.

World English Bible
Now, little children, remain in him, that when he appears, we may have boldness, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Young's Literal Translation
And now, little children, remain in him, that when he may be manifested, we may have boldness, and may not be ashamed before him, in his presence;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:24-29 The truth of Christ, abiding in us, is a means to sever from sin, and unites us to the Son of God, Joh 15:3,4. What value should we put upon gospel truth! Thereby the promise of eternal life is made sure. The promise God makes, is suitable to his own greatness, power, and goodness; it is eternal life. The Spirit of truth will not lie; and he teaches all things in the present dispensation, all things necessary to our knowledge of God in Christ, and their glory in the gospel. The apostle repeats the kind words, little children; which denotes his affection. He would persuade by love. Gospel privileges oblige to gospel duties; and those anointed by the Lord Jesus abide with him. The new spiritual nature is from the Lord Christ. He that is constant to the practice of religion in trying times, shows that he is born from above, from the Lord Christ. Then, let us beware of holding the truth in unrighteousness, remembering that those only are born of God, who bear his holy image, and walk in his most righteous ways.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 28. - And now, summing up the whole section (verses 18-28). "If he shall be manifested" expresses no uncertainty as to the fact of Christ's appearing; the uncertainty is in the time (comp. 1 John 3:2; John 6:62; John 12:32; John 14:3). In all these cases the point is the result of the act, not the time of it. The graphic αἰσχυνθῶμεν ἀπ αὐτοῦ expresses the shrinking away in shame from his presence. The παρουσία (see on 2 Thessalonians 2:8) is introduced without explanation as a well-known belief.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And now, little children, abide in him,.... The apostle having finished his separate instructions exhortations to the fathers, young men and children, returns to the whole body of the saints in general, whom he addresses, as in 1Jo_2:1; under the name of little children; See Gill on 1 John 2:1; and whom he exhorts to abide in Christ, that is, in the exercise of faith on him, of hope in him, and love to him; and to hold to him the head, and to hold fast his word and Gospel, and abide by his truth and ordinances, and adhere to his cause and interest, and not to be moved away on any consideration; to which the following encouragement is given:

that when he shall appear; that is, Christ, who is now hid, and out of the sight of bodily eyes, is in heaven, at the right hand of God; but ere long he will appear a second time, and not only to those that look for him, but even every eye shall see him; and his appearance will be a glorious one, and his saints shall appear in glory with him, and shall be like him, and see him as he is:

we may have confidence; boldness or freedom, as now at the throne of grace, so then at the throne of judgment; where the saints will stand with courage and intrepidity, when the wicked will flee to the rocks and mountains, being filled with amazement, terror, and trembling:

and not be ashamed before him at his coming; they will not be put to shame by him; nor will they be ashamed of their confidence, faith, hope, and expectation; their hope will not make them ashamed, for they will now enjoy what they hoped for; and, notwithstanding all their sins and infirmities, they will not be ashamed, for they will have on the wedding garment, the righteousness of Christ, and will stand before the throne without fault, spot, or blemish; nor will Christ be ashamed of them who have not been ashamed of him and his words, but have confessed him, and have been faithful unto death, and have cleaved to him and his cause with full purpose of heart to the end. Some think ministers of the Gospel are here meant, who, when those that are under their care abide faithful, and persevere to the end, will give up their account with joy; and will have what they have expressed confidence in, and will have their expectations answered, and not disappointed, by having such souls as their joy and crown of rejoicing.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. little children—Greek, "little sons," as in 1Jo 2:12; believers of every stage and age.

abide in him—Christ. John repeats his monition with a loving appellation, as a father addressing dear children.

when—literally, "if"; the uncertainty is not as to the fact, but the time.

appear—Greek, "be manifested."

we—both writer and readers.

ashamed before him—literally, "from Him"; shrink back from Him ashamed. Contrast "boldness in the day of judgment," 1Jo 4:17; compare 1Jo 3:21; 5:14. In the Apocalypse (written, therefore, Bengel thinks, subsequently), Christ's coming is represented as put off to a greater distance.

1 John 2:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
Continue in Him
28Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 29If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.
Cross References
Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Matthew 16:28
"Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."

Mark 8:38
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

Luke 17:30
"It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.

Ephesians 3:12
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Colossians 3:4
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

1 Thessalonians 2:19
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?

1 John 2:1
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

1 John 3:2
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

1 John 3:21
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God

1 John 4:17
This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.

1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
Treasury of Scripture

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

little. See on ver.

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. …

when.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what …

Mark 8:38 Whoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this …

Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also …

1 Timothy 6:14 That you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the …

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which …

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown …

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they …

have.

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the …

Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, See, this is our God; we have waited …

Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: …

Romans 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock …

at his.

Malachi 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when …

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the …

1 Corinthians 1:7 So that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our …

1 Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward …

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before …

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly…

2 Peter 3:4-12 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers …

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