1 John 2:24-25, “24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.”

The whole Bible has a unified message focused on the redemption found in Christ alone. 1 John 2:24-25 is an excellent example of this, as John’s understanding of perseverance stands with that found in James and Peter.

When we talk about perseverance, we are focusing on how all those who are born again will persevere in faith and good works until their deaths. Only those who persevere in faith and good works demonstrate they are born again (1 John 2:19). The Christian life is not one lived in isolation. Instead, it is lived before the face of God and before other people. While our good works never merit a right standing before God, they do demonstrate this right standing before God has been imputed to us.

1 John 2:24-25 emphasizes the active role Christians are to take in their perseverance. 1 John 2:24 tells readers they must let what they have heard from the beginning abide in them. Now, it would be easy to read this and be passive in our sanctification because of the words of assurance given by the apostle in 1 John 2:12-14, 21. Being a faithful pastor, John knows, true assurance must result in the pursuit of truth and holiness. We see this teaching in James 2:14-26, James 3:13, 1 Peter 1:13-16, and 2 Peter 1:3-11. While John emphasizes the importance of sound doctrine, these other passages, focus more on right living. All students of the Bible know we must distinguish, between these things, for instruction, sound doctrine and right living are inseparable.

John tells us then; we must let what we have heard from the beginning abide in us. Fundamental apostolic truths like justification by faith and the doing of good works demonstrate faith in God’s people. If we, as God’s people, want to persevere, if we’re going to be assured of our right standing before God, we must tenaciously cling to these truths. Also, we must guard ourselves against anything that denies these doctrines and hold fast to the teaching of the Word of God.

The old fleshly nature for the Christian is always trying to draw God’s people away from life in the Holy Spirit. One example of this is doubts about Jesus and the Word of God. Perseverance requires, God’s people, hold fast to these critical truths, with all of our might, knowing, they can only do so as Jesus enables them. Today, ask the Lord to make you hold onto His truth, and please find a Christian friend who will encourage you to do so.