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2JOHN 1:4-13
LESSON #14
THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH

MEMORY VERSE: 2JOHN1:4

READ 2JO 1:4-6 WE MUST WALK IN THE TRUTH

“TO WALK” MEANS = THE STYLE OF YOUR LIFE.

THE STYLE OF YOUR LIFE MUST BE LIVED IN TRUTH. LIVING IN TRUTH MEANS THAT YOU LIVE INOBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD, AND THAT YOU LIVE IN LOVING RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERCHRISTIANS.

NOTICE THAT BOTH OF THESE, TRUTH AND LOVE, ARE MENTIONED TOGETHER. THEREFORE, THEREMUST BE A BALANCE BETWEEN TRUTH AND LOVE. TRUTH IS MENTIONED FIRST BECAUSE IT IS THEGUIDING PRINCIPLE WE DISCUSSED IN OUR LAST LESSON..

THE COMMANDMENT “FROM THE BEGINNING” IS THE COMMAND TO LOVE OTHER BELIEVERS.(JOH 13:34)

IN WHICH VERSES DOES JOHN TALK ABOUT TRUTH? VERSE 4

IN WHICH VERSES DOES JOHN TALK ABOUT LOVE? VERSES 5 AND 6

THE VICTORIOUS CYCLE OF LOVE, OBEDIENCE, AND TRUTH

NOTICE THAT WALKING IN LOVE IS BY COMMANDMENT…LOVE IS LIMITED BY TRUTH AND REQUIRESOBEDIENCE.

LOVE AND OBEDIENCE ARE MADE STRONGER IN US AS WE GROW IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.THE MORE WE LEARN TRUTH, THE MORE WE LOVE GOD AND DESIRE TO OBEY HIM.

READ 2JO 1:7-13 WE MUST REMAIN IN THE TRUTH

THOSE WHO DO NOT SAY THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE MESSIAH, WHO CAME IN THE FLESH ARECALLED:

DECEIVERS

THOSE WHO NOT ONLY TEACH FALSE DOCTRINE BUT WHO LEAD OTHERS INTO WRONG LIVING.

“THE” ANTICHRIST

THE TRANSLATION SHOULD BE “THE” ANTICHRIST WHICH REFERS TO THE PERSON WHO ISYET TO COME DURING THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD. HE WILL DECEIVE PEOPLE AS NO OTHERPERSON EVER HAS. HE WILL PRETEND TO BE CHRIST. HE WILL PERSECUTE TRUE CHRISTIANS AND KILLMANY OF THEM.

HOWEVER, HE WILL BE DESTROYED WITH THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.

WE MUST REMAIN TRUE TO THE BASIC CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES OF JESUS AND THE DISCIPLES.

WHY MUST WE REMAIN IN THE TRUTH AND NOT FOLLOW FALSE DOCTRINE?

IF WE DO NOT REMAIN IN THE TRUTH, WE WILL NOT GAIN THE REWARD AT THE END OF OUR LIVES.

HOW SAD TO SPEND YOUR LIFE IN THE TRUTH ONLY TO WALK AWAY FROM IT NEAR THE END OF YOURLIFE AND BE DECEIVED BY SOME FALSE DOCTRINE.

THE DANGER OF GOING BACK (8)

FALSE TEACHERS SEEM TO OFFER SOMETHING YOU DO NOT HAVE, WHEN IN FACT THEY TAKE AWAYWHAT YOU ALREADY HAD.

“WHOSOEVER TRANSGRESSETH…” (9)

THE DANGER OF GOING AHEAD (9)

THE WORD “TRANSGRESSETH” MEANS = TO GO BEFORE OR TO GO AHEAD.

IN OTHER WORDS, THIS IS A PERSON WHO GOES FARTHER THAN IS CORRECT BY GOING TO SOMEEXTREME.

THIS CONCEPT IS WHAT THE GNOSTICS CLAIMED THEIR SUPERIOR KNOWLEDGE DID FOR THEM. THEYTHOUGHT THEY WERE SUPER SAINTS WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT WENT FARTHER THAN WHAT JESUS AND THEDISCIPLES TAUGHT. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO ADD TO THE WORD OF GOD.

THESE PEOPLE DID NOT LIVE (ABIDE) INSIDE THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, AND JOHN SAYS THEY DIDNOT HAVE GOD, THE FATHER OR JESUS, THE SON. YOU CANNOT HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER. YOUCANNOT HONOR ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER.

THE PRACTICE OF AVOIDING FALSE DOCTRINES AND FALSE TEACHERS:

THE DANGER OF GOING WITH THEM. (10-11)

DON’T PERMIT FALSE DOCTRINE IN YOUR HOME:

JOHN TELLS THIS WOMAN AND HER CHILDREN NOT TO PERMIT FALSE DOCTRINE AND FALSE TEACHERSIN THEIR HOUSE.

REMEMBER THAT JOHN IS WRITING THIS LETTER TO A WOMAN WHO HAD A CHURCH IN HER HOUSE.

WE CAN INTERPRET THE MEANING OF THIS COMMAND IN TWO WAYS:

1. THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH SHOULD BE CAREFUL NOT TO ALLOW FALSE TEACHERS TO SPEAK FALSEDOCTRINES IN THE LOCAL CHURCH.

2. THE CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE CAREFUL NOT TO SHOW HOSPITALITY IN SUPPORT OF A PERSON WHOIS

NOT A TRUE CHRISTIAN.

THE PRINCIPLES OF WHY JOHN APPEARS TO BE WITHOUT LOVE:

A. DO NOT GIVE ANYONE THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU AGREE WITH THEIR FALSE DOCTRINES OR THATYOU THINK HIS DOCTRINES ARE ACCEPTABLE.

B. DO NOT PERSONALLY BECOME INFECTED BY FALSE DOCTRINE BECAUSE OF ASSOCIATION ORPERSONAL FRIENDSHIP.

C. DO NOT GIVE THE FALSE TEACHER ANY REASON TO USE YOUR NAME OR YOUR ASSOCIATION WITHHIM FOR HIS BENEFIT SO AS TO LEAD SOMEONE ELSE ASTRAY.

THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF THIS COMMAND:

–IF YOU HAVE A BIBLE STUDY IN YOUR HOME,

DON’T PERMIT OTHER RELIGIOUS GROUPS TO LEAD A STUDY.

–DO NOT LET OTHER RELIGIOUS GROUPS INTO YOUR HOME TO EXPLAIN THEIR BELIEFS.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PICTURE:

IF YOU NEVER SHOW ANY HOSPITALITY TO NON-CHRISTIANS IN YOUR HOME, YOU CLOSE THE DOOR TOA MEANS OF EVANGELISM THAT MIGHT WIN THEM TO CHRIST.

HOW DO YOU THINK JOHN WOULD RESPOND TO THE MORMONS WHO CAME TO HIS DOOR?

DON’T SUPPORT FALSE DOCTRINES WITH YOUR MONEY OR YOUR HOSPITALITY.

WHY IS IT DANGEROUS TO GIVE YOUR MONEY TO SUPPORT SOME MINISTRY THAT YOU DO NOT KNOWANYTHING ABOUT? (11)

GOD CONSIDERS YOU A PARTNER IN THAT TO WHICH YOU GIVE YOUR MONEY AND SUPPORT.THEREFORE, YOU WILL ONE DAY GIVE AN ANSWER TO GOD FOR IT, AND YOU WILL REAP THE REWARD OFTHEIR EVIL DEEDS.

PERSONAL GREETING:

” THE CHILDREN OF THY ELECT SISTER, GREET THEE”.

WHO IS THE “ELECT SISTER”?

1. PERHAPS THIS IS THE LADY’S SISTER BY BLOOD.

2. PERHAPS THIS IS A SISTER CHURCH THAT SENDS GREETING TO THE CHURCH IN THISLADY’S HOUSE.

APPLICATION:

FROM JOHN’S 2 LETTERS THAT WE HAVE STUDIED, WE CAN SEE HIS DEEP CONCERN FOR TRUTH.

THROUGH TIME, LANGUAGE CHANGES, WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS CHANGE, AND TRANSLATIONS OFTHE BIBLE CHANGE. THE BIBLE CHANGES FROM ONE LANGUAGE TO THE NEXT AND FROM ONE GENERATIONTO THE NEXT.

ACCORDING TO JOHN JESUS CHRIST IS TRUTH. WE ARE TRUE BELIEVERS IF WE LIVE IN THE TRUTHOF GOD’S WORD. HOWEVER, IF GOD’S WORD, THE BIBLE, IS ALSO CHANGING, THEN WE HAVEA PROBLEM. HOW DO WE FIND THE TRUTH?

IN OUR NEXT LESSON WE WILL TALK ABOUT THIS PROBLEM. WE WILL LOOK AT DIFFERENTTRANSLATIONS AND VERSIONS OF THE BIBLE AND SEE WHERE TRUTH REALLY IS.

HOMEWORK

FALSE DOCTRINES AND EVIL DECEPTIONS

THIS IS A SELF-STUDY. PLEASE DO NOT SEND HOMEWORK ANSWERS TO THE TEACHER FORCORRECTION.

APPLICATION OF 2JO 1:4-13

ACCORDING TO 2JOHN, DO YOU NEED TO MAKE ANY CHANGES IN THE WAY YOU TREAT THOSE WHOTEACH AND PREACH FALSE DOCTRINES?

IF YOU DO, WHAT CHANGES WILL YOU MAKE?

PREPARATION FOR A STUDY, FALSE DOCTRINES AND EVIL DECEPTIONS

LOOK IN THE FRONT PAGE OF YOUR BIBLE AND DETERMINE WHAT BIBLE TRANSLATION YOU AREUSING. WRITE IT HERE:

IF YOU ARE USING THE ENGLISH NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, OR THESPANISH VERSION REVISADA STANDAR (VRS 1952) OR THE SPANISH VERSIONPOPULAR (VP 1966) FIND THE FOLLOWING VERSES AND COMPARE THEM WITH THE EITHERTHE ENGLISH KING JAMES VERSION OR THE SPANISH REINA-VALERA 1909 OR 1960

MAT 17:21

“HOWBEIT THIS KIND GOETH NOT OUT BUT BY PRAYER AND FASTING” (KJV)

MAR 7:16

“IF ANY MAN HAVE EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR.”

(KJV)

MAR 11:26

“BUT IF YE DO NOT FORGIVE, NEITHER WILL YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN FORGIVEYOUR TRESPASSES.” (KJV)

HOW DO THESE VERSES CHANGE DOCTRINE FROM THE KING JAMES OR THE REINA-VALERA?

IF YOU USE THE ENGLISH NEW AMERICAN STANDARD VERSION, OR THESPANISH VERSION REVISADA STANDAR (VRS 1952) READ THE FOLLOWING VERSES ANDCOMPARE THEM WITH THE ENGLISH KING JAMES VERSION.OR THE SPANISH REINA-VALERA1909 OR 1960.

JOH 6:47

…HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME HATH EVERLASTING LIFE. (KJV)

1TIM 3:16

GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS, GOD WAS MANIFEST IN THE FLESH.(KJV)

HOW DO THESE VERSES CHANGE DOCTRINE FROM THE KING JAMES VERSION OR THE REINA-VALERA?

MEMORY VERSE: PROVERBS 30:5

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I came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 1963 giving my heart to Jesus in a Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles, CA. I have been teaching the Word of God since 1964, Usually two to three adult classes a week.

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