1 John 2:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

1 John 2:28, ESV: 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.

1 John 2:28, KJV: 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.

1 John 2:28, NASB: Now, little children, remain in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not draw back from Him in shame at His coming.

1 John 2:28, NLT: 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.

1 John 2:28, CSB: So now, little children, remain in him so that when he appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

What does 1 John 2:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

"Abiding" is again emphasized. Faithful Christian living is frequently referred to as "abiding" in this chapter. Earlier, in verses 12–14, the phrase "little children" spoke more specifically of younger believers. In this particular context, though, John appears to address all of his readers. This is also made clear by the reference to Christ's return. All believers are to anticipate Christ's return at any moment. Whether by His return, or natural death, or other means, each person is always a heartbeat away from meeting God face-to-face.

This close fellowship with Christ leads to two important results when He returns. First, is confidence, both in our salvation and in our relationship with Him. Second, we will not need to be embarrassed about our lives and lifestyles. Instead of shame, a faithful believer can have confidence and look forward to Christ's coming. First Thessalonians 4:18 says that believers should encourage one another with the truth of Christ's imminent return.