Archive for October 12th, 2018

2 John 5-7

In 2 John 5-7 the elder returns to a very specific and familiar topic. “And now I want to urgently remind you, dear friends, of the old rule God gave us right from the beginning, that Christians should love one another.” John wasn’t just mentioning the rule to love in passing.  He gives an urgent reminder.  Loving one another is not a mere suggestion.  It is one of God’s rule for Christ Followers.  We aren’t living a solo life as a Christian.  We are part of the body of Christ and one of the most important roles we have to fulfill is that of loving one another.  It’s so important that John feels the need to remind us yet again.

The integrity of our Christian life can be measured by our love for one another.  It’s not an optional act or choice.  God expects it from His children. “If we love God, we will do whatever he tells us to. And he has told us from the very first to love each other.”  Obedience to loving one another is not something we should even consider an option.  It’s been His command and expectation forever of those who follow Jesus.  And if we love God, obedience is the result.  We do this not because we think His commandments are heavy burdens, but because we see that they are best for us.  God loves us and his commandments lead to His best for us.

John warned against those who thought the only important thing in the Christian life was a vague love that had no heart for obedience. “Watch out for the false leaders—and there are many of them around—who don’t believe that Jesus Christ came to earth as a human being with a body like ours. Such people are against the truth and against Christ.” John was aware false teachers were a danger to the church in his day. And they are certainly still a danger to the church today.  There are many who question Jesus and His time on earth.  They dismiss the story of Mary and Jesus’ birth.  They question His crucifixion and the resurrection from the grave.

John makes it clear that we must confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This means Jesus came as a real man in His first coming, and also means He will come again to the earth someday.  John warned us against antichrists in his first letter. They are those who not only oppose Jesus, but also offer a substitute “Christ.” False teachers are everywhere in our world today.  Some are blatant in their lies and false information.  Others water down truth and try to stay close enough to truth to sneak in their false teachings.  As Christ Followers, we have to check everything we hear against the one source of truth – God’s Word!

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