What does it mean to continue in Christ? John is saying, “Keep on abiding in him, keep on loving him, keep on doing the word of God and submitting to him.” In other words, we must continue to live righteous lives before God in the present “so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.”
Yes, God wants us to bear fruit.But what kind of fruit are we called to bear? We’re called to bear the fruit of Christian character, Christian conduct, and Christian converts! First, God wants us to bear the fruit of Christian character. Galatians 5:22-23 describes the fruit produced in us by the Spirit Christ gives us.