December 26

Today’s Reading: 1, 2, 3 John.

Highlights:  1 John begins with a wonderful declaration of the diety of Jesus and comes back to this subject several times in the letter.   This theme is picked up again in 2 John – 2 John verse 7 says “Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world.”

John also emphasizes how imperative it is that we live godly lives: 2:6 says, “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did”.

A third, prominent topic is that we love one another: “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble” (2:9, 10). As you read you will see these three topics repeated over and over.

3rd John was written to a man named Gaius. After expressing some brotherly love John addresses the matter of a trouble maker named Diotrophes.  He then says “do not imitate what is evil but what is good” (11).

Question: “I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray” (2:26). There were many false teachings and teachers that threatened the faith of the Christians then as well as now.  What can we do to be sure we remain true to God?  Consider in your answer 1 John 4:1.

One more book to go! Tomorrow we begin 5 days in the book of Revelation.


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4 Responses to December 26

  1. Sandy Steinman

    1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 tells us to test all things;hold fast what is good. The only way to do that the only way to be sure that we do that and remain true to God is to test everything against what the Bible tells us. The one thing we know is that while times and customs change, God never changes and we can be sure that what we read in His word will keep us on the correct path.

  2. Mary K

    I agree with Sandy’s comment. The message is really very simple. Hold on to that true message and if anyone else tells you differently, regardless of how glib the speech, you can know for sure it is not from God. That being said, we must behave as one knowing God, because others will test what we say by how we live.

  3. Janet Padgett

    Vs 11 is backwards 😉

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