1 John 2:28-29
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence…
The cloth must be dipped into the dyer's vat, and lie there, if it is to be tinged with the colour. The sensitive plate must be patiently kept in position for many hours if invisible stars are to photograph themselves upon it. The vase must be held with a steady hand beneath the fountain if it is to be filled. Keep yourselves in Jesus Christ. Then here you will begin to be changed into the same image, and when He comes He will come as your Saviour, and complete your uncompleted work, and make you altogether like Himself.
(A. Maclaren, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.