November 13, 2022
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
28 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.
29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
The Lectionary states 1John 2: 24-29 but as you probably don’t have your Bible open to these verses, I thought it important to add verse 23 because it is to that verse that verse 24 points.
I’m not doing politics here but perhaps you are aware of a certain Federal Senate candidate that opens all his speeches by acknowledging the Father. I think it’s a stern reminder, both to himself and to us, to acknowledge from whence all our everything comes.
I’m using a ‘new’ set of Morning and Evening Prayer each day. They aren’t really new but I’ve not used them before so they are new to me. They have some really thought-provoking sentences that cause me to stop and contemplate on them. Morning Prayer begins with these words: “Almighty and everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being;”. Think about that. That’s quite an acknowledgement, isn’t it?
The Thanksgiving of Evening Prayer: “… thanks for all thy mercies; for our being, our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all other comforts and conveniences of life.” Another breath-taking acknowledgement of all the Father and Son give us.
To God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – give the glory.