John writes with some urgency in this section of his letter. He uses the term 'last hour' to indicate that the return of Jesus to the earth could happen at any time. He therefore calls his readers to live in anticipation; to live in a state of readiness. There is a strong warning to be aware of deceivers who are going around saying the Jesus is not the Christ, the Anointed One. John urges his readers to use caution so as not to be deceived by these false teachers and at the same time encourages them to 'continue', and to 'remain in him'. Overall, this is a passage that ought to give us courage - to be on the lookout for false teaching about Jesus, and to keep on 'keeping on' in the path of following the true Jesus so that we will indeed be ready for Him when we returns.
This coming Sunday we receive God's lavish love at the beginning of chapter 3 and also pay attention to the importance living in the reality that Jesus has conquered sin! Come and join us! 5pm Sunday evening.