Putting God's Word into Practice…

2 John ~ Truth and Love (Part 2)

on March 24, 2014

How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the TRUTH, just as the Father commanded.  I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should LOVE one another.  This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning.  LOVE means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to LOVE one another, just as you heard from the beginning.  (vs. 4-6)

My husband was a youth pastor for several years.  Most of the students he pastored are in their 20s now.  It is so refreshing to hear of those who are growing in and serving the Lord.  That must have been how John felt when he ran into people from churches who were faithful to the truth and walking in love.

The truth is, God’s commandments never change!  Just as His love never changes and never fails, He wants our love to be the same.  Love shows that we are growing in His truths and in obedience.  However, it is easy to be deceived and tread away from truth, and it is easy to start loving ourselves more than the Lord and others.  Especially when we open the door to listen to lies…

I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son. (vs. 7-9)

Deceivers distort:

  • our view of Jesus.  They cast doubts on His Godhood and His existence.
  • the meaning of love.  They make love about “me” and my happiness and a sentimental emotion with no biblical foundation of truth.
  • the truth.  They say, “Whatever you believe to be truth is your truth.”  If it fits with “your” life, then it must be true.  They teach a separate “truth” than what is found in God’s Word concerning Jesus and salvation and lifestyle.

Christ is the TRUTH, and any teaching in opposition to Christ is false!  John tells the church to, “Watch out!”  We need to be on guard against anything that doesn’t promote truth and love.  We need to uphold truth and love.  When we are diligent about these things, God himself rewards us!  According to verse 9, our reward is fellowship with Him!

If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the TRUTH about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work. (vs. 10-11)

Churches met in houses when this letter was written, and John discouraged any association with people who were not speaking the truth.  They were not to offer hospitality to those who deceive in any way.  For us, we should not let anyone teach in our churches who speak a different message that what the Bible teaches.

What stands out to me the most is the opposite of verses 10-11.  Any teacher who teaches the truth about Jesus should be invited to teach and be encouraged.  Anyone who encourages a “truth teacher” becomes a partner in their good work!

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