Forecasting- presuming to know the outcome before the event takes place. Adam and Eve did, Cain did, etc.
21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines [weighs and levels] all your paths [more on this verse tomorrow]. [But], the evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins [of their own doing and their own beliefs] hold them fast.
Well, I didn’t get very much further in my 1 John 2 reading. Verses 28 and 29 “spoke” to me. Let’s look at them one at a time,
28 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.
When I read this passage in the past, I always interpreted its meaning as my need to do something in order to evoke a right response from God or to avoid a negative response from Him. Now, I’ve come to see that it has to do with my own self-imposed shame rather than His “wrath.” If I abide–live my life in His life, enjoying His Presence and intimate fellowship–in Him, then I learn that “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all,” (1 John 1:5) and that “God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in Him” (1 John 4:16). When I ponder these two truths, I realize that any darkness is in me and is my own doing and my own thinking.
God is in the process of expunging me of all darkness (wrong-thinking), including anything that makes me fear Him. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love” (1 John 4:18). So, my confidence on the day of His coming comes from my walking with Him and understanding that He is our light and our salvation, and our Great Love. Any fear or shame comes from my own mind and thoughts because I simply don’t know Him well enough to shed the deception that began with Adam and Eve in the garden (Genesis 3:10).
As for verse 29, it is the outcome of verse 28,
29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
Those who abide in the Lord are easy to spot because they reflect the Lord’s character and qualities. Practicing righteousness flows out of their relationship with Jesus Christ and their constant communion with the Spirit. In fact, 3:1 is a confirmation of today’s truth,
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him [but, we DO!].
May we enjoy to the fullest our status as children of the heavenly Father. May we feel free to crawl up onto His lap and lean against Him (Hebrews 4:16). Our fellowship with the Trinity is the purpose of our salvation!
Abba, thank You for Your amazing love! Because of Your great love, we no longer have to worry about darkness, punishment, wrath (whether real or imagined), or anything else that might separate us from You. Keep teaching us, Lord. We want to know You more. Amen.