Living the truth requires continual dependence upon God’s grace, continual feeding upon His Word, and talking to Him in prayer. Walking In Truth - Daily Biblical study of the Word from a Truth perspective, delivered to your inbox. Like Aaron and Hur held up the arms of Moses [Exodus 17:12], so the elders on either side held up the aged, patriarchal pastor that he might bring to his congregation one last word. We want, to borrow a phrase, no Christian left behind. We pray for them all! Why? That’s why we love one another because we are in the same boat. This is part 19 of a verse-by-verse Bible Study Series in John's 1st, 2nd and 3rd epistles. Being truth-filled and truthful people is not optional. That is enough.”. So if Polycarp was won to Christ in Ephesus in 69 AD, then John fled Palestine in the days of the rebellion of the Jews against the Roman government. That’s one of the reasons why Rome succeeded so magnificently and triumphantly for so many centuries as a great world empire. There are so many fine families that would love to have the child, an adopted child, raise the child in a beautiful home, in affluence, and educate the child. When it comes to the Bible, however, knowing the truth is of paramount importance. Abraham stood before the Lord and prayed, “O that Ishmael might live before Thee, might be acceptable in Thy sight!” [Genesis 17:18]. In the books of 2 & 3 John, the Apostle John warned the first century Church— and all believers — about these dangers. All the saved are in it. Now I’m going to read them together. January 17, 2021 Speaker: Josh DeGroote Series: Miscellaneous. And Polycarp said something at his trial before the Roman emperor that is most significant. The devil will lead you astray. 4 I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, … It is better that you give the child away.”, And the girl will say, “Oh, but to give my baby away…”, I say, “It is much better. some he was their spiritual father – he had won them to Christ, C. In either case, John says, “I’m just delighted that some of you are living out your Christian faith, living out the truth, walking in truth.”. Walk All About ME. Unbelievers note this crazy kind of Christian love for one another. If you were to pick out one that you would say, “This is fine; that one be lost, or that one be lost, or that one be lost, or this one be lost,” tell me, which one would you pick out? And 2 John is a timely study for us given that we have finished 2 Peter, Peter’s letter about knowing the truth and now we are in 2 John, a letter largely about walking in truth. Sermons; Topics Easter 2019 1; All Topics Series Matthew 3; Christmas Series 2020 3; 1 John 16; Jesus & Hebrew Sacrifices (Communion Series) 7; Fruit of the Spirit 6; Titus 6; Rev. Now we’re going to take that this morning, not only as the spirit of a true pastor, but also as the spirit of a true parent who loves his little children. Every member walking in the truth. Students face pressure at school to compromise the truth, to live like the world lives in order to feel accepted. Brethren, my prayer to God is that all of my people might be saved, all of them! Here we come. Rich Stratton, https://fbchenderson.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/23135823/2013.07.21.A-Walking-in-Truth-Todd-Linn-72413938390.mp3, See “12 Half-Truths We Live With,” January 19, 2013. Is the Lord glorified when we don’t succeed out there in the world, where we toil and work and strive? Well, Irenaeus and Eusebius say it was John who won Polycarp to Jesus: that he was a disciple of John. 6. Here is a warning to keep false teachers out of the church. He is 100% God and 100% Man, two natures in one Person, joined together forever. Which one shall we not include in the family? So we live with these half-truths–Adrian Rogers used to say, “A half-truth is nothing more than a whole lie!”–But we live with these lies, with these untruths and few of us really get worked up about these or lose any sleep over them because the consequences of believing them to be true are not really that great. By this, says Jesus in John 13:35, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” There is a profound evangelistic element in Christian love for one another. And Joab found Absalom and took three darts and thrust them through his heart, and he died there [2 Samuel 18:10-14]. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” [3 John 2]. [Ruth 4:17, 22]. John was writing to a church troubled by false teachers emphasizing experience over doctrine. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. Dry those tears and hush that lament! Look out for untruth. BE TRUTHFUL WITH GOD Proverbs 12:22 “The Lord detest lying lips, and he delights… 9) Pink is not exactly a color. And then he adds this further cautionary statement in verse 10: 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. There were many in the congregation who looked upon him as their spiritual father. O God, we include them all! 3 John 1-15. What a contrast there would be if all those in the church truly carried out the admonition to "Walk In Truth And Holiness"! (See “12 Half-Truths We Live With,” January 19, 2013.). . I suppose somewhat, when she made the little coat and brought it to the lad each year, once a year [1 Samuel 2:19], but oh, how much more was she glad when she saw the presence of God in the life of that little boy, for he was converted at an early age [1 Samuel 3:7-10], and it was known and established from Dan to Beersheba that that lad was set to be a prophet in Israel [1 Samuel 3:20]. And how proud old Barzillai must have been when he saw his son, Chimham, in the household of the king [2 Samuel 19:40], serving David all of the days of his life. The letter was probably written to a local church, a local congregation. Decide now in your heart, and when you stand up, stand up walking down that aisle. 2. John was the pastor of the church then in Ephesus from about 67, or 68, or 69 until about 100 AD, and he died there in Ephesus. This is the delight of a pastor’s heart: his people love the Lord. He has raised rebellion in Israel. We need to be accountable to one another to walk in the truth. The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. “It’s all right for all of these to be saved, but that one? Why is the joining together of two natures so important? Jesus says, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”. In the early 1900s George Riddell acquired the sensational London newspaper The News of the World. I will work.”. Live the truth. FAITH: “Walking By Faith . As they were pressing Polycarp to offer that obeisance to the Roman emperor and to deny the lordship of Jesus, his fealty to Christ, Polycarp said, “Eighty and six years have I served Him, and I’ll not forsake Him now.”. We’re not just to fill our heads with theology, we are to live-out that theology in school, at work, in our families, among our friends, and in our community. Several of you have asked about what we’re going to study next and I always appreciate that because many of you enjoy studying ahead and engaging the biblical text on your own before we go through it together. He has divided the kingdom, but when you fight in the day of that confrontation, spare the life of the young man Absalom.” And you remember when he was caught by the hair in a tree and suspended? The Roman government was most liberal and most lenient toward all of the provinces that they conquered. There is not a story of the apostles that I have heard more frequently, or that I think is more movingly beautiful, than this concerning the aged apostle John: the church at Ephesus asked that he come just one more, one last time, and speak to them out of his heart. David said to the army, “Spare the life of the young man, Absalom [2 Samuel 18:5, 12]. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. And here is an expression of that: God wishing you success in what you do: if you are a farmer, that you have a good crop; if you raise cattle, that the herds increase; if you work in a store, that your customers multiply; if you’re in the commercial world or the professional world, that you succeed in the thing to which you’ve placed heart and hand. We are preaching through these three epistles of John. How delighted the heart of that mother must have been to see God in the life of that precious boy. Is the Lord delighted by our failure, our poverty, our necessity? To 1) A two-by-four at a retail lumberyard is not really 2 inches by 4 inches. Pastor Michael's son-in-law Elliot Goldinger will be b… 1:1 The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, 2 because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. Pastor John Miller begins a study through the Book of 2 John with an expository message titled “Walking in Truth” using 2 John 1:1-13 as his text. So he writes in verse 1, “The elder, to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth.” That is, “I love you but so does every other truth-loving Christian love you.” And John adds that this truth, verse 2, “abides in us and will be with us forever.” Pretty straight-forward. How does Christ love you? This seems to be the best understanding of the phrase in verse 1, “the elect lady and her children.” This is likely just a nice way to refer to a local church and her members. He had heard about it “from the beginning” of Christ’s ministry. And we’re going to see in a moment that the main truth about which John is concerned is the truth of the incarnation, that God took on flesh in the Person of Christ, so that Jesus Christ is the perfect uniting together of two natures, the uniting together of God and Man, into one person. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35).”. Don’t “receive him into your house.” But I think that’s a failure to understand John is talking about a local church that is meeting in a house and he’s not saying, “Don’t be hospitable to unbelievers.” Rather he is stressing the importance of keeping false teachers out of the church, those who are committed to the errors they teach. Not that I didn't… Amen. And if Jesus were merely human, He wouldn’t be able to rise from the dead that we might be justified–declared righteous. The throng on this lower floor, into the aisle and down to the front: “Here I am. But I walk away with a heavy, heavy heart, and I can’t get over it. Spare his life. I make it now.” Do it. Why is the incarnation so important? The doctrine of the incarnation is that God takes on flesh so that in Jesus Christ we have the uniting together of two natures–divine and human–two natures joined together in perfect union forever and ever. Home | Truth Index. The author intends to provide free resources in order to inspire believers and to assist preachers and teachers in Kingdom work. I kind of hesitate about saying this, but so many times things happen in my pastoral ministry that I ponder over, and can’t get away from, can’t forget. Can you imagine the happiness of Hannah? “Little children, I rejoice greatly when I hear that you walk in the truth” [2 John 1:4; 3 John 4]. There is no hint of that in the Bible. We are to be a church who loves one another in truth… truth, C. The - cf. (Portuguese), Série: As Perguntas Mais Importantes da Vida (Portuguese), Lucas Série: Certeza em Tempos Incertos (Portuguese), Reality Check: Keeping it Real at FBC (1 Timothy), Why? “Pastor, my wife, my children, we all are here today. Unlike the seemingly harmless half-truths NPR points out that we live with, the consequences of living with Christian half-truths are disastrous. 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. John lists some of the blessings that come from walking in the truth. . That’s what John’s saying here. to be praying for one another to walk in the truth. John says this command to “love one another” is not “a new commandment” but “that which we have had from the beginning.” The command to love one another is as old as the Gospel itself. And we’re going to see in a moment that the main truth about which John is concerned is the truth of the incarnation, that God took on flesh in the Person of Christ, so that Jesus Christ is the perfect uniting together of two natures, the uniting together of God and Man, into one person. Don’t give them a platform. Live the truth. All of you, come. Gaius’ Spiritual Health Report. 1Co 8:1). Many of you will know that we preached thorough 1 John a few years ago and so we’re coming back now to the last two letters of John’s. God speed you, and angels attend you in the way as you come, while we stand and while we sing. The golden joy of the parent and pastor is seeing his children walking in the Did God condemn Abraham for praying for Ishmael? Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. Tanya J Tyler Sermon text: 2 John 1: 1-6. No matter how many times we disappoint Him, He continues to love us. Henderson’s First Baptist Church, Henderson. Our goal is to reach out with God’s truth to all people by means of radio and podcast. Not Sight” 4 Romans 1:16 4. The next time they met, Riddell asked Greenwood what he thought of The News. Let’s Scripture: 2 John 1:1-13, 2 John 1:1-13. View the Walking In Truth Archives ... 012608 - The Kind Of Preaching That Will Bring The Glory Down!012808 - What Would The Apostle Paul Be Thankful For In Your Life? Thats what John begins to do in verses 510. “I rejoice greatly that I found my children walking in the truth” [2 John 4]. John’s concern, shared by every shepherd since, was to see his spiritual children not only acknowledge the truth of the Gospel, but to walk in obedience to that truth. Each province, each tribe, each people, each nation could have their own religion. Now the text; and the same thing as verse 4 over here, verse 4 here, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” [3 John 4]. LIFE VS. DEATH. We believe these things. So “walking in the truth” means at least two things: belief in Jesus and love for the church. And the world, though it now has "their understanding darkened", might be more likely to come to see the truth that is in Jesus c. Site by, Ephesians: Cosmic Truth for Common People, O Cristo que Satisfaz Plenamente (Colossenses), 1 Pedro Série: Força na Adversidade (Portuguese), Romanos Sermões Série: Sem Culpa! We pray for them all! Do not take your eyes off of truth . … But an emphasis on walking in truth without an equal emphasis on loving one another can easily develop a harsh, impatient, and insensitive disposition towards others, just as knowledge without love produces arrogance (cf. The verbal phrase, “I have found,” translates the Greek word many of us know, the word, “Eureka!” That may be all the Greek we know, but most of us know it: Eureka, I have found some of your children walking in truth.”, Either John discovered this personally on a previous visit to this church in Asia Minor, or someone else told him about the way these Christians were living. Do you know John 13:35? And the text is in 2 John, verse 4, and 3 John, verse 4. May 12, 2019. Jesus Christ is the God-Man. And if I had ten thousand, thousand sons, [Praise selection from The Baptist Hymnal 1975], “Rejoicing to see my children walking in the truth” [2 John 4; 3 John 4]. Home Sermons Truth WALKING IN THE TRUTH VS.… CONTRASTS: WALKING IN THE TRUTH VS. And the most important information is: COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER: The text contained in this sermon is solely owned by its author. Text is in 2 John this morning and then 3 John 4 ] Whoever transgresses and does wish... 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