2013-07-07 - Truth in Love
2 John ~ Part 12
Just as with First John, the message of Second John is the exercise of Truth in Love. As these two are lived out together, then we will not be in any danger of losing our rewards, or working hand-in-hand with antichrists. John calls us to separate ourselves from those who do not do the work of Christ. This is not a call to reject those with whom we have differences over issues that do not affect salvation. But the foundational doctrines of Christianity are not negotiable. Paul put it this way:
"I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery, they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you, but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil" (Romans 16:19).
Shun those who are the enemies of Christ, and sacrificially minister to those who serve Him.
"Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from Heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words" (1 Thessalonians l4:13-18).
And one day all confusion will end, "EVEN SO COME LORD JESUS."
"Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the peoples of the Earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen" (Revelation 1:7).
To be continued.
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