2013-04-21 - Commendation
2 John ~ Part 5
What should be of great joy to us as believers? John's joy comes from the faithful walk of other believers. What is encouraging is that he finds joy, even though there are some of those that are part of the local community, who are not being faithful. Note he says that, however, he finds some of the walking in truth.
This means that we are not to become discouraged because all who represent themselves as believers don't demonstrate the validity of that claim in their lives.
"The servants asked him, `Do you want us to go and pull them (weeds) up?' `No,' he answered, `because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time, I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds, and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat, and bring it into my barn.'" (Matthew 13:28-30).
While we are called to judge the message, and fruit of those who claim to be believers, still a conclusive judgment related to salvation can only be made by the Lord. In the final analysis, we can receive joy from the obedience, and not allow others to steal that joy.
John here, as in his previous epistle, offers the most important command, the command to love one another. This is the final proof of our obedience, our love. And this isn't a new command. Go back to Moses.
"`Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord" (Leviticus 19:18).
What we will see next time is that apparently, this church was demonstrating this love with the practice of hospitality. And while they thought they were demonstrating love, they were not demonstrating discrimination as to where they were exercising that love. The call to love is also a call to commitment to truth.
Christ's command, which had been taught to them from day one, was to love, to love God, and to love others. But the call to love still requires what Dr. McGee always referred to as "sanctified common sense."
To be continued.
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