It’s been mighty cold here in Colorado. When I come home on subzero nights, I like to fix a warm mug of tea, kick off my boots and flop down into my easy chair. I’m home. Once I’m settled in, I’m secure. I don’t have to keep checking to see if this really is my home, to see if I’m really still here, or to see if it is still here. I live here. To use the Bible word, I “remain” here (some Bible translations say “abide”). This is my natural place of rest, my default position, the place in which I make my home. That’s what the word “remain” means.
See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—even eternal life. (1 John 2:24-25)
“What you have heard from the beginning…” is the simple, uncomplicated truth about Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God, Whose death has purchased the gift of eternal life for all those who will believe it and accept it. John says, See that this simple truth “remains” in you, that it makes its home in you. If it does, he says, your home will be in Jesus. You will be at home in God.
If that sounds confusing, think of what happens when you move. At first, your new house or apartment, isn’t really “home” yet; you are still getting used to it. Gradually, as you allow it to become “home” in you, you find yourself “at home” in it, right? John says, as Jesus’ simple truth begins to be at home in you, you will discover that you are “at home” in God. This two-way relationship is reflected in Jesus’ teaching:
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (John 14:20)
John writes to remind and reassure his brothers and sisters in Jesus because, right from the first, some people have tried to twist the message of Jesus, to complicate it and make it say what they want. In doing so, they attempt to lead people astray.
I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.
John says, Remember where your “home” is and stay home. By “staying home,” he says, you don’t need to worry about being led astray. Why not? Because you have the Holy Spirit to guide you. He makes His home in you, and you in Him:
As for you, the anointing [the Holy Spirit] you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. (1 John 2:26-27)
So, wherever you go, stay home.