Tuesday, February 2, 2010

#Walk In #Truth (2 John 1)

Theme: Walk in Truth

1) By learning your Bible (1-4)

In order to walk in the truth, you need to know what truth is.  Jesus said God's word is truth (Jn. 17:17). 2 Tim. 3:16-17 says all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly furnished for every good work. If you're going to walk in truth, you will need to learn your Bible.

2) By loving your brother (4-6)

Jesus commanded us to love one another (John 15). Much of the Bible's teaching aims at showing you how to love your brother (cf. 1 Cor. 13). When you love your brother, it gives your spiritual leaders reason to be glad about you (v4. cf. Heb. 13:17). In order to walk in the truth, you must love your brother.

3) By testing men's doctrine (7-9)

1 John 4 says to test the spirits, to see whether they are from God. 2 John now continues that theme. One standard for this, is whether or not men abide in the "doctrine of Christ". A specific example John mentions, is that false teachers were denying the Lord came as a man (8). 

To deny the humanity of Christ would be to reject His substitutionary payment for our sin, and therefore completely undermine the gospel. Similarly, if one fails to admit Jesus is God, it also renders Him unqualified to be our sinless Savior. Knowing what the Bible teaches on the doctrine of the person and work of Christ, is key to discerning whether a teacher is walking in the truth, or an anti-christ. 

4) By rejecting false teachers (9-11)

If a teacher does not acknowledge those doctrines about Jesus which are necessary to know Christ as Savior, he is a deceiver. This passage warns you to guard against false teachers, avoid letting them into your house, or even giving them a greeting. If you accept a false teacher, you participate "in his evil deeds" (11), can loose the fruit the truth works in your life (8), and miss out on part of your reward (not affecting your salvation) with God (9b). If you're going to walk in the truth, you will need to reject false teachers.

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