2013-06-09 - Don't Lose That for Which You Have Worked
2 John ~ Part 8
Verse 8: John was also concerned that believers could lose what they had striven for, based on how they responded to these individuals. What does he refer to, when warning not to lose what we have worked for? The loss here is related to rewards. Remember that all we do will be tested based on whether or not it was done for Christ. Paul put it this way:
"By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames" (1 Corinthians 3:15).
Even believers can be misled. And when responding to the false prophets, in spite of their false teachings, even with good intent, their work is for naught. Our unfortunate old woman may have sent her last ten to the Rev. Dinero, and her motive may have even been good, though it seemed questionable, but it was meaningless. Dinero was a false prophet, and the support of the work of this type of antichrist will be burned up. God does judge the motive and doctrine of the teacher. And rejection of God's truth condemns one, regardless of how much "love" is thrown around.
To be continued.
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