This week I have been pondering 2 John. The Apostle John, the one whom Jesus loved, wrote a brief letter, consisting of 13 verses in our Bible. His concern was the proliferation and infiltration of false leaders and their teaching among the churches.
He wrote to “the chosen lady and her children whom I love in truth…” (2 John 1). John’s concern and warning is fitting for us today. Take a moment to read the following:
“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.”
( 2 John 7-11 )
Questions to ponder:
- Who are some deceivers I have seen operating in churches? How do they operate and what do they teach?
- How does John’s warning, “watch yourselves” apply to me?
- In what ways might I have been giving aide or greetings to false leaders or false teaching?
Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
The Apostle John introduces us to the mandate of abiding (or remaining) in a state of fellowship with Jesus (John 15). This is a major emphasis of John’s writings.
I have long been captivated by his emphasis and find myself more focused on this as I get older.
John says this, “whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:6).
To say, “I want to walk as Jesus walked,” is not arrogance or is it unattainable. Jesus asks us to be like Him, to walk like Him. He wouldn’t ask us to do this if it was not possible.
The reality is that we cannot do this in the power of the flesh. It is not attainable by human wisdom nor by intellectual or physical capacities. It is only attainable in the power of the Holy Spirit which indwells those who walk by faith in Jesus.
Though it is a much bigger discussion, 1 John provides evidence of abiding in Jesus compared to not abiding in Jesus. For now, we are just looking at this verse (1 John 2:6). The question is, “Am I walking like Jesus did?”
Take a moment and reflect on this verse. What does the Spirit bring to mind as you ponder how Jesus lived? What might He want you to repent of so that you might walk more like Jesus?
May each of us be, lead, treat people and walk more like Jesus.
We can easily lose perspective with all the upheaval happening all around us. John’s closing words in his first epistle can calm us down and provide comfort, hope and confidence.
Look at these three verses as the Three ‘We Knows’.
We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God is protected by Him, and the evil one does not touch him.
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:18-20)
Take a few minutes to read and re-read these verses. Ask the Spirit to open your eyes to see what He wants to teach, comfort, guide or convict you. Respond in prayer and worship.