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 imperitive 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 good but what is evil” (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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