2 john 1:6 sermon

The grand fundamental fact of Christianity is THE INCARNATION, the assumption by the Second Person of the Trinity of human nature into personal union with the Divine, the manifestation of God in the flesh of man. 1. Dives quite believed in taking every care of himself. Inquire into the nature of that joy which he expected in his visit. (3) Don't expect that some day some extraordinary influence will be brought to bear upon you, and that you will be suddenly anxious for salvation.(G. Christ is the sole remaining hope of the world. His soul cries out after a Living, a Personal, an Incarnate God. Remember that there are enemies ready to despoil you of your precious experience.3. First, "That ye love not," etc. Men may take pains in a thing of nought. This must arise either from their disbelieving the word of God, or because, irrespective of its testimony, they form their judgment from their own inability to feel any pleasure in it. Brodie, M. (5)The motives of Christian obedience.2. But that is not the way in which the Bible looks at the matter. Guard the entrances. All you do is push the button. Here is in this reward that which makes amends for all which has been undergone in reference to it. Look to yourselves, that ye lose not those vivid and vigorous impressions of Divine truth, which marked the early part of your Christian career. But he burned well. And thus has He made atonement for us. IN CASE YOU ARE COMPELLED TO COME TO A CONCLUSION UNFAVOURABLE TO YOUR PRESENT CONDITION, "LOOK TO YOURSELVES" WITH APPREHENSION. Thirdly, add to this the extent of it, and that which goes along with it, for if we lose our work there is somewhat more lost besides that, as is implied afterwards; and that is of yourselves, "it is unprofitable for you" (Hebrews 13:17). I have to begin again!" God expects us to hold to truth, to live in truth and to know the truth. The difference between a mere nominal and a real Christian is immense. Those being the faults at either extreme against which the apostle warns us, THE CONCLUSION IS OBVIOUS, THAT THE BEST AND MOST PERFECT CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ONE IN WHICH BOTH ARE AVOIDED, AND THE PATH MIDWAY BETWEEN THE TWO IS TRODDEN. Their philosophers, thinkers, and poets felt the need of a restorer of purity, prosperity, and joy to the human race. If the work of the ministry take not there is nothing hereafter to be expected. Obedience is the evidence of love. This is a great mystery which we cannot comprehend or explain. But they have not God as a God in covenant. What a sad thing for the Christian to lose the ground he has gained! We have thought seriously, felt deeply, prayed earnestly, resolved strenuously, chosen deliberately, wrestled manfully, persisted patiently. (Scientific Illustrations. , said Dr. Duncan, would have stood a bad chance in an examination by John Owen; but he was a famous man to burn. ITS POSSIBLE EFFACEMENT. This is that which belongs to all Christians. (John 14:21). Do you never let slip an opportunity of reproving vice, of recommending virtue? As it is in matter of the body, where people are more apt to take such infection or contagion in them, they conceive it does more concern them to be more heedful and regardful of their health; even so it is here. B. If we do not heed there will be those who will fail to attain a "full reward." I. Take heed ye lose not herein neither. There is no man serves God for nought who is a free and bountiful pay-master. Look to yourselves. The apostle did hereby imply that these Christians, if they were careless, would be apt to deprive him of this. First, I say, the heedlessness of people frustrates the labours of their ministers; it makes them lose the things which they have wrought. His uncle Abraham and himself were large farmers, their herds pasturing together. Advocacy and Example. How much of the literature of the New Testament will remain after the removal of these pillars? The Churches — we seem much more anxious to make converts than to retain them. Clarkson, B. A.I. Clarkson, B. A.I. If you say this was no part of her character, yet it was, surely, no inconsiderable part of her happiness. This is that which belongs to all Christians. M. Gibbon.The man who comes to undermine men's faith in Christ is on an evil errand. He would be insignificant who could only destroy his own soul; but you are all, alas! This is a great mystery which we cannot comprehend or explain. Indeed it would seem that this is necessary not only for beings constituted and related as we are, but for every intelligent being. How different is that religion from the robust Christianity that we see exemplified in the Apostle Paul! Look to yourselves, that ye lose not those vivid and vigorous impressions of Divine truth, which marked the early part of your Christian career.3. Davies, M. M. A tremendous responsibility rests upon us to-day. )Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ. A. By "doctrine" here we are not to understand what that term commonly means as used in the present day, viz., a dogmatic or speculative affirmation of truth. LOOK TO YOUR CREED, WHETHER IT BE SCRIPTURAL. The prevalence and danger of negative error in matters of faith, The wrought work of the Divine Spirit within the soul. As a fountain which is itself poisoned will not send forth waters that are wholesome, as little will beliefs that are false or erroneous conduct to a religion that is true and beneficent. Secondly, no knowledge of God neither out of Christ, because it is He that represents Him: as we cannot look upon the sun directly. It is also the course that should be adopted, the state of mind that is most defensible and helpful, in relation to the fluctuations of religious opinion and the controversies that periodically shake the kingdom of God. There is no such way for us to remember any doctrine as to draw it forth into exercise, which is the truest memory of all. These words of St. John are, indeed, precisely parallel to what our Saviour says in regard of a prophet. He taught that the framework of definite truth or doctrine was essentially the strength and stability of the Christian character.(E. Thirdly, in regard of affection. The only way not to partake in other men's sins is not to sin yourselves. But, though reason cannot discover this, the history of man's efforts after a religion give ample proof that this is a felt necessity of the human soul. The second is in regard of judgment. OBEDIENCE AS THE FRUIT OF LOVE.1. The very mystery which envelops the fact stamps it with Divinity. Take the best things of this life and they have an emptiness; they are not sufficient, there is a great deal wanting in them. That is, he is reckoned by others to be in partnership with him. That the principle admits of this application is but too clearly proved by our text. 1. Hold the fort of truth, and defend the citadel of faith. Horton, D. D.)Receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. Secondly, they lose that expediteness and facility of doing good, or of resisting evil. And this is true in this present world. Let us learn the danger of erroneous principles in matters of religion.3. 3. We know too well there may be a scriptural creed without real piety; but it does not appear how there can be the latter where faith in the gospel is entirely wanting. The original word means simply teaching, and it embraces all kinds and matters of teaching — the assertion of facts, the elucidation of beliefs, as well as the affirmation and proof of dogmatic propositions. "Look to yourselves." You can recollect how careful and anxious you were not to offend — how you studied to know the will of God in all things. You ask, in a sort of terror, for some specific by which to guard against this partaking in the sins of other men. 2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. But it is well to look a little more closely at the reasonableness and advantage of maintaining this intermediate position between the two extremes. 12.Christian intercourseEssex Congregational Remembrancer.I. First, the labour of it; it is a painful work, and therefore is it so often in Scripture set forth by such an expression. Thirdly, add to this the extent of it, and that which goes along with it, for if we lose our work there is somewhat more lost besides that, as is implied afterwards; and that is of yourselves, "it is unprofitable for you" (Hebrews 13:17). What have you done for your soul? may be interpreted in two ways —(1) Every one who sets himself up as a leader;(2) Every one who goes on beyond the gospel. (3)The demerit of sin. So that those who deny the doctrine of Christ, they have not God. Take the best things of this life and they have an emptiness; they are not sufficient, there is a great deal wanting in them. 4. How can the weak and sinful come before the All-perfect? At first he says, "Look to yourselves"; but he adds, "that we lose not the things which we have wrought." You Are Anointed How the Truth Becomes Precious. The apostle, as he would not have them to frustrate his labours towards them, so neither their own labours to themselves. The rich farmer held the same doctrine about self-care. Melvill, B. D.)Having many things to write unto you. First, I say, the heedlessness of people frustrates the labours of their ministers; it makes them lose the things which they have wrought. Let us live in the exercise of this love. Spurgeon. Will it be any palliation of your guilt, or diminution of your final misery, to be lost with the multitude? Pay perpetual attention to the motives by which you are governed — to the ends you have in view, to the plans you are laying — see that they are all in accordance with God's truth and will; see that they are such as become the disciples of Christ; see that you are "walking worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called." From this it follows that, as Christianity is offered to men as the only true religion, its teachers are shut up to the necessity of requiring the belief of the facts and truths upon which it is founded as the indispensable condition of a man's receiving the benefits of this religion or being recognised as a true professor of it. It is utterly lacking of loyalty, and cannot be acceptable to God. )Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ. What a sad and bitter thought — "I have lost all.! "Every one that hath," says Christ, "is to make more of the talent that is given to him, whether it be money or diligence, and he shall have more." IN CASE YOU ARE COMPELLED TO COME TO A CONCLUSION UNFAVOURABLE TO YOUR PRESENT CONDITION, "LOOK TO YOURSELVES" WITH APPREHENSION. Secondly, as there are assaults upon them, so themselves without better heed are too apt to be overtaken with them. But secondly, as this may be extended to matter of judgment, so likewise to matter of practice. First, by fraud and circumvention. John The Elder urges the community to walk in Love that will ultimately reveal Truth of Christ. Have I striven up to the measure of the ability conferred on me by God to promote the diffusion of sound principles, and to subdue the aboundings of iniquity? We must rightly understand this method and order which God has set for the conveying of saving grace unto us. When these eggs have hatched, the larvae, which have two mandibles, devour the larvae of their hosts the bees. Indeed it would seem that this is necessary not only for beings constituted and related as we are, but for every intelligent being. In our religious concerns it is the same. (3)The demerit of sin. Of how many shipwrecked souls might the same thing be said, "The pilot was asleep below. He would be insignificant who could only destroy his own soul; but you are all, alas! This is a great mystery which we cannot comprehend or explain. Janice B. Scott. Secondly, no knowledge of God neither out of Christ, because it is He that represents Him: as we cannot look upon the sun directly. Let religious teachers often show to the young the perils and responsibilities of mixing up in unchristian and immoral society.(T. Pinchback.I. Year B Advent 3 December 13, 2020 Sunday Between December 11 and December 17 Inclusive. And though you may think that this, however clear an illustration of the partaking in the sins of other men, furnishes but little of practical lesson to yourselves, I would remind you that the author only does that in a higher degree that is done by any one in a lower, who gives bad advice or sanctions wrong principles. The spirit of comfort, it is of His sending and comes from Him. But, thirdly, here is the word of amplification, a full reward. M. Gibbon.The man who comes to undermine men's faith in Christ is on an evil errand. Like some young scholars that lose more in a breaking up than they get in many weeks' schooling and learning besides. It also incurs a grave responsibility. Here is the misery of all unregenerate persons; these come under this censure likewise, who though they should hold this doctrine in judgment, yet deny it in affection and practice; forasmuch as they do not submit to the power and efficacy of it. The fact transcends human reason, and therefore never could have been discovered by human reason, which can no more rise above itself than the eagle can outsoar the atmosphere in which it floats. It is a fault that goes by many names — half-heartedness, colourlessness, lack of principle, of decision, of earnestness; but there can he no doubt that it is one of the most prevalent defects in the modern Church, tending throughout the Christian world to destroy the force and very vitality of personal religion. 2 John 1:3 Grace, Mercy, and Peace. Sacred memories cluster around them. The "elect lady" had taught her sons the language of Bethlehem, Bethany, and the Cross. Trusting in God for the fulfilment of our designs is justifiable only on the supposition that such designs are well-pleasing in His sight.III. In the natural world there are living creatures that have no vertebrae, and they consist of a soft gelatinous mass, very yielding and compressible. "Eighty and six years," said the old man, "have I served Him, and He hath done me no wrong. Pinchback. What will God do? AT THE OTHER EXTREME THERE IS THE EQUAL, PERHAPS THE MORE COMMON FAULT OF HANGING BACK, AND SO, AS THE APOSTLE TEACHES, GRADUALLY LETTING SLIP AND LOSING EVERY BENEFICENT TRUTH AND EVERY HOLY PRIVILEGE WE HAVE GAINED. This reward was not temporal, and from them which he did not so much look at; but from God, a reward in heaven. You will hardly require of us to show you that this author participates in the sins of ether men. H. Spurgeon.When a man is known to suffer from a sadly contagious disease none of his friends will come near the house. Your body and its interests, what you call Number One, is really Number Two: the soul is most important. Or, secondly, her husband might have been dead: and, considering the representation given here of the state of her family, this appears to be much more probable than that he was a heathen or an infidel. (2) Count the cost of a partial loss of it. Paul speaks (Galatians 6:3) of a man's character as being his "own work." Look to yourselves. Look to yourselves that ye lose not the power and practical influence of the gospel upon your hearts and lives.6. 1 John 2:6 ARE YOU WALKING LIKE JESUS. From this it follows that, as Christianity is offered to men as the only true religion, its teachers are shut up to the necessity of requiring the belief of the facts and truths upon which it is founded as the indispensable condition of a man's receiving the benefits of this religion or being recognised as a true professor of it. These anti-Christian gnostics were advanced thinkers; the gospel was all very well for the unenlightened, but they knew something higher. It is prescribed. Intercourse with anti-christian teachers is very injurious to the faith of young Christians. )Look to selfT. Would he swear, then? "Do not," you would say, "let your attention be distracted, or taken up by the things you see upon the road; do not let anything carry you out of your way, but 'look to yourself'; see that you are going right, see that you do not get betrayed into an unexpected snare, where you may lose yourself." Thirdly, take it as to the reward; they are losers of what they have wrought as to this likewise. The lifeless performance of this duty is generally the forerunner of open sin or absolute apostasy (Jude 1:20).4. But does not belief shape character? Hold the fort of truth, and defend the citadel of faith. By "those things which we have wrought" is meant that work which through God's grace has been accomplished in us and by us, in the times that are gone past. Now therefore let us be careful to put this caution in practise; losses are for the most part unacceptable. Christian friendship may sometimes be severe. When these eggs have hatched, the larvae, which have two mandibles, devour the larvae of their hosts the bees. No; life at that price was too dear. Pay perpetual attention to the motives by which you are governed — to the ends you have in view, to the plans you are laying — see that they are all in accordance with God's truth and will; see that they are such as become the disciples of Christ; see that you are "walking worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called." There is danger within as well as without.II. )Danger of inattention"Her pilot was asleep below" is given as the simple and sufficient explanation of the disaster that happened to the steamer Montana, which was grounded and wrecked upon a rock off the English coast. Indeed it would seem that this is necessary not only for beings constituted and related as we are, but for every intelligent being. 2 John 1.6 – Walking in Truth V1 – We find John’s letter is written unto the church • “elect lady” o God has chosen us for His own. If a man will watch his house, how much more should he watch his soul? Listen to what Jesus Christ will one day say to men who have done nothing but study their own interest — "I was hungry, ye gave Me no meat," etc. "(3) Take the most vigorous measures against spiritual loss. We must rightly understand this method and order which God has set for the conveying of saving grace unto us. In theory it certainly may be so. But, thirdly, here is the word of amplification, a full reward. They may be lost. The apostle, as he would not have them to frustrate his labours towards them, so neither their own labours to themselves. Moss. A gentleman came one day to see Mr. Jones on business, and when he was told by the eldest boy, who opened the door, that his father was from home, he asked to see Mrs. Jones. Everything in its proper place. It left him poor indeed; his property was burnt in Sodom; his wife became a pillar of salt upon the plain! What then? , said Dr. Duncan, would have stood a bad chance in an examination by John Owen; but he was a famous man to burn. I have but one answer to give. Every one that impartially reads the Scriptures must see how decidedly they speak of the really Divine character of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the cause and design of those sufferings which He endured in our world; also the weight and value that are attached to those subjects, and our reception in a believing manner of those Divine representations.II. Those that think to come to God upon the terms of nature and common providence they will have little comfort in such approaches; for God considered out of Christ He is a consuming fire. We begin with the first, the CAUTION in its general and indefinite proposition, "Look to yourselves." St. John before said, "that there were many deceivers entered into the world"; adds presently, "Look to yourselves," as a caution very fitly consequent upon that intimation; where there are cheaters and cutpurses in the crowd people have need to look to their pockets. (3) Don't expect that some day some extraordinary influence will be brought to bear upon you, and that you will be suddenly anxious for salvation. They would not lose their work in reference to those they work for. Hold the fort of truth, and defend the citadel of faith. False teaching is injurious to faith, especially the faith of young Christians. We doubt not it was a religious joy. This regulating thought is also the all-animating thought of faith.3. A real religion must have a basis in real beliefs. THE FULNESS OF JOHN'S HEART. Keeping the commandments is the demonstration of love. Remember that there are enemies ready to despoil you of your precious experience. The best of mortals had failed in the attempt to do so, and the gods were too far off, and too unsympathetic, to undertake the task. Intercourse with anti-christian teachers is very injurious to the faith of young Christians. And the only answer he has been able to find to this is that which tradition has handed down from the earliest times, namely, sacrifice — in which the offering up of an animal to the Deity was an acknowledgment that the sin of man deserved death, and a petition that a substitute might be accepted for him. "Wherefore the rather, give diligence to make your calling and election sure," and do not lose the things which you have wrought; but rather go on from grace to grace and from strength to strength.(H. They have God to judge them, but they have not God to save them. This having may admit of a threefold interpretation. Just as in the "Pilgrim's Progress," where the traveller Zion-ward is toiling up the hill to reach the City of Life. (2) The answer of a too common experience; in fact it often is so.III. I have to begin again!" Davies, M. The apostle, as he would not have them to frustrate his labours towards them, so neither their own labours to themselves. The Apostle John does in this case with these believers as some physician would do with his patient; who, when he has done all for him that belongs to him and lies in his power, bids him now to beware and take care of his own health and to look to himself, and accordingly it behoves all Christians so to do. First, the Person they work from, and that is God Himself. We see in matters of the world how men do not love to lose anything; if they do, it is very grievous to them. What will God do? While You Wait - Acts 1 5. Are you satisfied to be irreligious because others are? The faith of young Christians is itself young and tender. W. Moss.This ninth verse appears to contain one of the counsels that occurred to the apostle, as he thought on the one hand of youthful impulsiveness and love of novelty, and on the other of the fascinations that are wont to attach to dubious doctrines and to evil deeds. A. The verb ὁμολογέω, to speak the same language, suggests a beautiful thought in this connection. Gibbon. Note how beautifully this venerable and ripened servant of God, who stood prominent among the twelve, and who was now, we have every reason to suppose, a hoary-headed soldier in the army of Christ; look how he, with all humility, brings in himself; how he slips out of the address to others into an address that includes himself. It left him poor indeed; his property was burnt in Sodom; his wife became a pillar of salt upon the plain! And souls are to be saved, not gregariously, but one by one. If we do not heed there will be those who will fail to attain a "full reward." This shows that the fact of an Incarnation is not foreign to our nature; nay, that it is felt by the human consciousness to be essential to religion. You ask, in a sort of terror, for some specific by which to guard against this partaking in the sins of other men. First, no knowledge of God without Christ, because it is He that manifests Him (Job 1:18). He finds himself surrounded with the grandeur and the ever-varying beauty of the material creation.1. 2 John 1:6 “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. Note how beautifully this venerable and ripened servant of God, who stood prominent among the twelve, and who was now, we have every reason to suppose, a hoary-headed soldier in the army of Christ; look how he, with all humility, brings in himself; how he slips out of the address to others into an address that includes himself. How can the finite enter into relation with the Infinite? There are many attractions both in the persons and the lives of children. When a man is going upon a dangerous journey, in which he may be very apt to make a false step or a slip — and that slip may cost him his life — you would naturally say to him, "Look to yourself." Amen. Clarkson, B. A.I. Thirdly, add to this the extent of it, and that which goes along with it, for if we lose our work there is somewhat more lost besides that, as is implied afterwards; and that is of yourselves, "it is unprofitable for you" (Hebrews 13:17). It is called a reward in this sense because, though it is the free gift of God, it pleased God to ordain that in this world and in the world to come it should be proportionate to a man's diligence, and to the fruits he brings forth. There was an imminent danger lest the children might pick up their shibboleth. THE WROUGHT WORK OF OUR SPIRITUAL STATE. An artificial flower may strikingly resemble a natural one, but a nearer inspection will detect the difference. Her "children," like herself, were "found walking in truth. First, take it denominatively as a description of heaven and the condition of glory to come, it is a full reward — it is that which will make sufficient recompense. Wheresoever his book is, there may he be, undermining the foundations of morality and religion, poisoning the springs of life, and instigating others to be as sceptical or as debauched as himself. "Whosoever goeth onward" (at too great a rate, it means, or impelled by a hot fancy that has broken away from every restraint) "hath not God." To look back upon your high privileges: you have been taught from your earliest days that you ought to be "born again"; you can recollect when God led you to know and see the way of reconciliation for your sin, and to find your peace in the righteousness of Christ your Saviour. (2)The tendency and results of Christ's advent. He that hath not Christ and His Spirit, he hath not God to comfort him. )No tolerationT. First, hath them in him, by way of abode and habitation. 2 John 4, Not as though I wrote a new commandment. I Said It - John 1:1-2, 6 3. Its real meaning may be seen in the rendering of the Revised Version. (1) We ought to be thankful for ink and paper. Lastly, they have not God, i.e., they have Him not in point of influence. The waters wear the stones — not only the lashings of the mighty and furious waves of the Atlantic flinging themselves on the rock, but the nearly noiseless drip of a single drop falling on the slab of stone below. )Looking after one's own interestG. In the mansion you will see some old pictures of no great artistic value, and others of value but not of a modern style. It is commanded by God. A. Many of the best expositors have naturally inferred that the apostle used the term elder because it had become an appellative among the people owing to his old age. Accordingly men compromise with obligation, hesitate in their allegiance to truth, and make a disposition to hang back, and a lack of thoroughness in opinion and in practice, the most prominent feature of their lives. But does not belief shape character? No. It is the first wheel that turns the whole soul about."(R. Never mind about anybody else, at any rate till your own turn is served. Secondly, they have not God neither in point of worship. Man, with his conscious weakness and his deep wants, finds here at length that which meets his wants, satisfies his conviction and gives peace to his conscience, so that he is filled with a joy which is "unspeakable and full of glory."(W.L. The doctrine of or concerning Christ, then, here referred to, is the whole body of truth made known to us by Christ and His apostles concerning Him. By "doctrine" here we are not to understand what that term commonly means as used in the present day, viz., a dogmatic or speculative affirmation of truth. PROTECT THE GOOD WHICH IS IN YOU, "That ye lose not the things which we wrought." Oh, this wonderfully enlarges the power or opportunity of destroying our souls; this amazingly magnifies the dread business of the judgment. You feel that you have a soul to be saved or lost for ever, and you arc anxious to be instructed in the will of God, to cease to be what is wrong, and to become all that is right. Davies, M. A.1. By "those things which we have wrought" is meant that work which through God's grace has been accomplished in us and by us, in the times that are gone past. For is it not the case that we are influenced by the words we speak?(T. Look to yourselves, that ye lose not those vivid and vigorous impressions of Divine truth, which marked the early part of your Christian career.3. Davies, M. I might here also further seasonably observe, that God will make use of ourselves in our passage to heaven. We might have stayed the torrent of vice and ungodliness; we might have turned some sinners from the error of their ways. Nov 18, 2018. It may be, you have insured your house, and your life, against fire, accident, or death. We begin with the first, the negative, "That ye love not," etc. Now, this also meets an acknowledged and widely felt want of man. He offered for us a real and all-sufficient atonement when He offered up Himself. Gehazi was another man who believed in looking after his own interest. This caution here of the apostle was not a word of negligence, but rather of prudent forecast for them.

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