Archive for February 9th, 2018

2 John 1

2 John 1 has an elder John writing to “the elect lady and her children” to talk about the importance of truth.  We’re not sure who exactly he is writing to here.  Perhaps this was an individual Christian woman John wanted to warn and encourage through this letter. Or, the term might be a symbolic way of addressing this particular congregation. But whoever the target of his letter, the message applies to us today.  It certainly is not new teaching.  The focus is on truth and obedience.  It’s about God and those in our patch.

And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another”.  We’ve heard those words often from John, and others in the New Testament.  Loving one another is just one of the dozens of “one another” commandments in scripture.  That love extends to a command to love God through obedience.  “And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it”.

John, just as Peter and Paul did in their letters, define love for God as obedience to His Word.  It isn’t difficult to know how we can love Him.  We simply need to have a relationship with Him – which always translates to TIME – and then to know His Word and walk in obedience to it.  That is what love looks like for the Father.  We learn His ways and we do what He has told us to do.  Too often we make excuses as to why God’s ways are not applicable to our life today.  We excuse our actions using a number of different reasons for why God’s Word doesn’t apply to us.

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son”.  Obedience is a key indicator of our walk with God.  It isn’t optional, and it is a true mark of a Christ Follower.  Disobedience is sin, and we’re definitely all going to fall short and need a Savior, but as Christ Followers we need to abide in Christ and walk in His ways.  He is the source of our right and wrong.  He is the giver of eternal life.  We need to get into the Word and make that the guide for how we live each day!

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