Stand Firm in the Truth: 2 John 7-13

2 John 7-13 “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. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 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. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. 11 Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work. 12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 13 The children of your chosen sister send their greetings.”

2 Giovanni 7-13 «Poiché molti seduttori sono usciti per il mondo, i quali non riconoscono pubblicamente che Gesù Cristo è venuto in carne. Quello è il seduttore e l’anticristo. 8 Badate a voi stessi affinché non perdiate quello per cui abbiamo lavorato, ma riceviate piena ricompensa. 9 Chiunque va oltre e non rimane nella dottrina di Cristo, non ha Dio. Chi rimane nella dottrina, ha il Padre e il Figlio. 10 Se qualcuno viene a voi e non reca questa dottrina, non ricevetelo in casa e non salutatelo. 11 Chi lo saluta, partecipa alle sue opere malvagie. 12 Avrei molte altre cose da scrivervi, ma non ho voluto farlo con carta e inchiostro, perché spero di venire da voi e di parlarvi a voce, affinché la nostra gioia sia completa. 13 I figli della tua eletta sorella ti salutano.

     The second part of this short epistle centers on a warning about people who lead others astray. In New Testament times which was influenced by Greek culture, it was common for traveling philosophers of every type to roam the country looking for an audience and monetary support. John simply uses the term “deceivers” (v. 7) for such philosophers. They were basically imposters or charlatans who shared a common belief: the rejection of the incarnation and deity of Jesus Christ. Some even went as far as to say the existence of Jesus was just a fabrication. He further amplifies his thought in verse 7 by calling them “the antichrist.”

     The warning is straightforward in verse 8 by the words “watch out” (‘look at yourself’ is literally what is said in the original language). The church has always been a target of the spirit of the antichrist. John lays out the danger and the solution to these enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ. The danger is that if “Anyone who runs ahead” (turns aside) to these deceivers, they will no longer have God (v. 9). The second danger is to associate with these known deceivers. It is best not to fellowship with those whose intention is to destroy the fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ. When we welcome deception in our lives, John says we share in the wicked work they engage in (v. 11). The solution is simple and straightforward. If you continue (abide and remain) in the true teachings and affirmation of Jesus as the Christ sent from the Father, you will have both the Father and the Son. Our response to false teachers is to firmly stand for the truth. Proverbs 23:23 says “Buy the truth and do not sell it.”

Pray with me: Lord, I am reminded again of the importance of standing firm for the truth of Jesus Christ and the incarnate Savior of the world. Help me to never waver from Your truth no matter how many deceivers come across my path.

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