2 John 4-11 Some But Not All

Let His Spirit lead you in this area. He KNOWS the truth intimately.

John commends this body of believers for SOME of them walking in the truth. But not all of them are. Where did they go astray?

If you are ever in any doubt about your church being perfect, get rid of that doubt, because it’s NOT. I know we talked about the church being our “spiritual mother” that last time we met, but even our “spiritual mother” is NOT perfect. If “she” was she wouldn’t have only some of her children following the truth.

WE make up the church. Our leaders are human. Our congregation is made up of imperfect people. Yet our Leadership comes from God. But even the church who follow God’s word the closest will still have some among its members who aren’t “towing the line.” Read more »

2 John 1-3 Covert Greetings

Even spiritually, two “parents” are needed. One is perfect but the other is healthy only when in submission to HIm.

John is writing a very short letter to one of the churches. His letter appears to be speaking to one person, but my bible helps say otherwise.

We are going to take a look at John’s greeting today. “The elder to the elect lady and her children” (verse 1a).

My first question when reading this is who is the lady and why was she not named? It would have been a great honor to have one of the elders of the church write directly to me, but then again maybe not. The majority of the letters written to the churches were for correction. I would want to know when I was out of line but definitely wouldn’t want that shared with the rest of the world, as this letter was.

At first glance it looked like John was commending this woman for raising godly children. But my bible helps tells me that John’s address was really to a church and its members. So why would John’s address say “the elect lady and her children”? Read more »

1 John 5:13-21 That You May Know

He knows what’s there so I’ll pray regardless of the outward appearance.

John wraps up a little different that Paul does. He hits the high points of his letter as his conclusion. He adds a couple extra points for us too.

John starts his conclusion with his purpose in writing in the first place. He wants us to KNOW that we are God’s children and that we have eternal life as a result of that. He has told us all along what the proof was; that we love God, love and accept Jesus as God’s Son and our Savior, and love one another. These pieces HAVE to be present in the believer’s life for the person to truly belong to God.

I went through MANY years of wondering, when I was younger, if I was REALLY a child of God. I “prayed the sinner’s prayer” more times than I can count. But one day while wondering, the Spirit spoke to me that I WAS His and that I could stop being afraid. That was the most WONDERFUL piece of knowledge I have ever received. I GUARANTEE I am NOT perfect or without sin, but I AM HIS! I pray for each of you to receive that knowledge too! Read more »

1 John 5:6-12 Testify

Most reliable witnesses ever AND in total agreement.

John shares the GREATEST evidence of who Jesus is; the testimony of the FULL Godhead. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are the proof. And the Holy Spirit’s work is the icing on the cake.

Jesus didn’t just pop up in Israel’s history and make claims of being the Messiah. His coming was foretold since the Garden of Eden. EVERY prophetic word ever spoken about Him was fulfilled in His life, death and resurrection. God had been testifying of Him all along.

The three things John mentions in our reading that point directly to Jesus are “the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree” (verse 8). Read more »

1 John 5:1-5 Proof of Love

Teach me to love like this Lord.

John continues to share the commandment of love. We are more focused on our brothers and sisters in Christ today. And he shares HOW we can love; through faith.

How can we say we love God if we don’t love our brothers? “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20).

God says we can’t. So how can we love our brother? It is through His gift of faith. I LOVE that He tells us to do something and then GIVES us the ability to do so! Not like the world does; tell you to do something then leave you hanging without a clue as to how to accomplish it. Read more »