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2 John 1:1-13

John didn't waste any words in getting the message across that we need to be on the alert for false teachers and guard our hearts and thinking against teaching that doesn't proclaim Jesus Christ as the Son of God and our Savior.

What does 2 John reveal about our susceptibility to teaching that's not based on God's Truth? After reading this Book, how important is it that you're consistently engaging God's Word? Tami W.

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I think we are all susceptable to the "feel good" school or preaching, where it is pretty much positive thinking, "God want's you to be rich, to drive a sports car", etc., that we see so much of on T.V. today. Yet if you listen to the words, and I'm not calling anyone out, anybody who read the word can discern who I speak of, they never talk about Jesus Christ. We have to remember bible centered preaching, where you bring your needs to the Lord Jesus Christ, who can and will give you what you need, but maybe not a new car, lol. Jesus isn't a game show host, but there are alot of highly paid t.v. preacher's who have convinced people otherwise, and they send their money to hear these people tell them the lies they want to hear. If what someone is saying is not coming out of the Bible, it is not the Word, and it is a lie.

What does it mean when it says - watch yourself, so that you may not lose what we have worked for. It almost sounds like we could lose our salvation, but I don't believe we can.

This seems to be the premise that P4 is built on, and supported by research as well. When we direct our thoughts and ways of thinking to God's word, we form habits that make it easier to think based on scripture. The pathways in our brains that started when we believed on the Lord Jesus become wider, more traveled, and grow into highways. When we come across some other teaching, it becomes plain to us that God's word says what is right. We find right and wrong teachings in the world and can discern them with ease and certainty as we grow in knowledge and understanding of God's character. He gave us His word and teachings for our benefit and to grow closer to Him.

Regarding the reference to losing what we have worked for, salvation is a free gift and not something we have worked for, so those who are truly born again will not lose their salvation. However, I believe we can lose the level of faith, maturity, and knowledge we have attained, as well as the positive influence we may have had on others, by being side-tracked by false doctrine. The Bible also mentions crowns that may be won or lost at the Judgement Seat of Christ, where believers will be judged for their works. See Revelation 3:11, Revelation 2:10, and 1 Corinthians 3:15, for example.

Many commentators believe that this passage refers to heavenly rewards, not salvation. We cannot lose our salvation once sealed, but the bible is clear that we will have rewards in heaven and that some are storing up more treasure than others. The Lord will not lose a believer, but keeping in the word is important for our stable ground so we can't be shifted around by false teachers who try to confuse us by focusing us on material things of the world.

For Anom: The verse that you are referring to has no implication on salvation. Rather, it refers to her congregation falling prey to false teachings, such as what we see today. Keeping her followers immersed in the word, will allow the Holy Spirit to guide them away from such dangers, while revealing the truth to them about false teachings. Without the Holy Spirit, we can swayed by the twisted teachings of false teachers.

Anon,

Verse 8 is not saying we can lose our salvation. It is, however, saying we can lose eternal rewards. Notice the wording at the end of the verse: Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.

Tami W.

Back then lots of false teachers would try to misdirect you. John tells us not to let them into our house. Church was held in the home. Allowing false teachers in your home was a show of accepting their false teaching. There are many deceivers even today. Today we must study to prove ourselves worthy.

Thank you!!!

We're in a Spiritual Warfare (Eph. 6:10-20), we as Christians, must continue to watch & pray!

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