“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” – 2 John 8-9
When we received salvation and became New Creations by the Blood of Christ, we have already took off the old self, our old nature as we were washed by the blood of Jesus, cleansed from our iniquity and empowered to face sanctification. Yet at times, we who know the truth still wallow in the lies of the world and allow deceit to move in our midst as our hardened hearts against God leads us to darkness of understanding, ignorance thus following the father of lies instead of the Voice of Truth.
In all of man’s subtleties, we lack wisdom- that is why there is such a thing as atheism, why there is such a thing as unbelief, why there is a Sunday morning/ afternoon Christian that snaps back to the darkness of this world; because though they profess to know the truth, or would like to know the truth- they honestly cannot handle the truth. They fear correction, accountability, reproach and rebuke.
Truth cannot stand without accountability, nor can it stand with a lack of moral decency. It is founded on morality, founded on purity, founded on righteousness thus it cannot thrive in a world festering with moral decay, with the constant truth twisting we see in popular media, the truth stretching we see even in news media. We live in dark times indeed when truth is separated from the gospel and is lightly defined to denote certain realities; but the Bible states different:In 2 John, we see John writing to the elect lady and her children, the term elect means those who believe the Gospel and follow Jesus Christ. Now many scholars have different viewpoints on this but the most common interpretation is that John is writing not to a person but to the church and its congregants as he implores them to walk in truth, shine love and gives out a warning against false teachers and the onslaught of deceit.
He writes to remind them of the commandment of Christ and that is to love one another and follow God’s commandments and walk in truth. Verse 7 states: “I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.”
We see in this verse a warning, John writes to the church of the coming age when deceit is readily practiced. He warns that people would one day reject the coming of our Lord since the world is filled with deceivers who’s hearts are turned from God. We see the movement of many who bear the christian name, profess to believe in Jesus Christ or think they do but refute the fact that Jesus is God incarnate, one with the triunity and King of all creation. These people refute the virgin birth, the miraculous signs and wonders and overall His resurrection.
Why would they? since their hearts are deceived by the call of society; they are deceived to a point of spiritual darkness, thinking they stand for what is right, thinking they are serving God yet in all their actions lead to the opposition of the one true Christ.
Then in Verse 8, it states: “Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.”
The warning is followed by an advice, an advice applicable to the church during his day as it is applicable to us now. It readily means; when the lies of the enemy come our way, we ought to guard and secure our own hearts in the truth of God.
When there is a coming enemy, our role is never to attack immediately but to man our fortresses, secure what is important, barricade the weak points of our heart and guard our faith walk for the truth is; even the strongest of Christians can easily fall into the darkness of this world.
John says: Do not be led to error, or lose what you have worked for. It easy to be desensitized or dulled by the world and lose the burning zeal we had when we began in our faith, John is telling us to hold fast the truth we have; don’t let go of the one glow of truth in this world of lies for to do so is to lose the reward we have been working for, the crown of life that is readily available to those who stand faithful, who stand in truth.
Verse 9 states: “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.”
I would like you to remember a military command used to keep the soldier, mostly cavalry from overstepping their mandate; from going ahead of the rest of the army. This is a command set forth to move each person to a defensive measure.
This term is: “Hold the Line”, John is asking us to hold the line, do not waver nor go ahead but stay in the boundaries of truth; not move by our own imagination or idealism but connect ourselves to sound christian doctrine. To cleave to Christian truth and abide in Christ.
Don’t let them steer your life down the path of desperation and depression as they feed us their viewpoint of success; but ask for the power of the Holy Spirit that we may be led into the path of a full life as we continue on the road to sanctification.
For if we do not hold the line, saturate ourselves with the world of God and discontinue in the teachings of Christ- God does not abide in us; but if we walk in truth; meditate on His word and live a life of honest service to the King of Kings; then we are firmly planted in Christ Jesus and our rewards are stored up in heaven as we wait patiently for the day of our own glorification as we continue to glorify our Risen Lord.
Have a blessed day everyone! – Pastor Lyle Lopez