Wednesday morning devotional given during the 2019 Spring Meetings.
April 12, 2019
/ Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
/ Clinton Whalen
Wednesday morning’s devotional, “Following Jesus Now”, was given by Clinton Wahlen during the 2019 Spring Meetings, held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s World headquarters, in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
This morning it’s not about me this morning. It’s not even about you. It’s all about Jesus. Following Jesus. But it’s not just about what it means to follow Jesus. It’s about what it means to follow Jesus now. There is a difference. There’s a difference because if we’re following Jesus that means He’s going somewhere. And if He’s going somewhere that means if we don’t continue to follow His lead, we’re going to be left behind.
That’s the whole idea of “present truth” that Peter talks about in my favorite book of the New Testament—2 Peter 1:12 – “For this reason I will not be negligent . . .” What reason? Verse eleven refers to entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But not just an “entrance,” not just getting into the kingdom. It refers to an abundant entrance. Jesus loves abundance! “I have come that they might have life and that they might have it abundantly.”
Following Jesus means an abundant life now and an abundant entrance into the kingdom when He comes. For this reason “I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them, and be established in the present truth.” Truth, like Jesus, the personification of Truth, is living and active and to follow Jesus now means to believe and practice Present Truth. The phrase “present truth” is very interesting in Greek. First of all, it has the article “THE truth.” It’s not just Present Truth but the Present Truth. Second, the word “Present” is parousē—which is the verb form of parousia, the New Testament word for the coming of Jesus. In this context it means “the truth whose time has come.” It also alludes to the Second Coming of Jesus, which is very important not only in 2 Peter, but throughout the New Testament.