How much of the literature of the New Testament will remain after the removal of these pillars? H. Hopkins, B. Begin at once to "look to yourselves" — to look to your souls.(T. Let us learn the danger of erroneous principles in matters of religion.3. Clarkson, B. A.I. The grass and water supply was scarcely sufficient for all, and as a result there were frequent quarrels between their herdmen. The description will apply to those of the present day who, without openly patronising Socinianism, secretly advance it by the systematic omission of the Scriptural doctrines of Christ's deity and atonement. Horton, D. D.)Self-preservationThe Christian Herald.1. And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. See that ye walk worthy of your high vocation, as becometh sons of God; that ye let your light shine before men; that ye obey Jesus Christ's commandments.2. His uncle Abraham and himself were large farmers, their herds pasturing together. (1) You have tremendous responsibilities. He was but a simple, commonplace, pious old man. And not less necessary is it that you look to your temper and walk. What thoughts and feelings have you concerning Christ? And do you feel sin to be a burden? I might here also further seasonably observe, that God will make use of ourselves in our passage to heaven. The delicate tints and scents of nature cannot be supplied by the most practised hand in art, so as long to deceive. This is so much the more grievous as it is the less thought of and expected; for these persons which we have now mentioned, they make a full account they have God whatever they have else. His love was not a vague sentiment, unregulated by any principle; it was a love of all men, but it was pre-eminently a love of each man's immortal soul. We must rightly understand this method and order which God has set for the conveying of saving grace unto us. John Piper Nov 18, 2018 416 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him How can the weak voice of man be heard across that tremendous gulf which yawns between him, the creature of a day, and the Eternal? The "elect lady" alone knew the significance of the words "which we have wrought." It is the effect that points to the cause, as the river reminds one of the source. He offered for us a real and all-sufficient atonement when He offered up Himself. The apostle regards the doctrine of Christ as coming to us under Divine authority, as a command to which we are bound to submit, and consequently he speaks of all departures from the truth thus binding on us as "transgressions."I. 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. Then we are said to lose any doctrine when we alter our opinion of it, and so let it go from us. Let religious teachers often show to the young the perils and responsibilities of mixing up in unchristian and immoral society.(T. 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. "It is as old as Moses, yea, as old as Adam, being a part of the law of nature written in Adam's heart." The Churches — we seem much more anxious to make converts than to retain them. Secondly, no knowledge of God neither out of Christ, because it is He that represents Him: as we cannot look upon the sun directly. There is not more deceitfulness and malice in Satan and his instruments than there is likewise naturally in our own hearts to yield and comply with them; therefore we had need to look to ourselves. To this question we give(l) The answer of a very sensible philosophy. The standard of the new life is fixed by God, not by us; the reason of it is the will of the Father, not our will; the strength to enter on and to keep going forward in it is His strength, not ours. (2) The wrought work of the Christian minister. First, "That ye love not," etc. Secondly, they have not God neither in point of worship. If a man will watch his house, how much more should he watch his soul? A man may in some sort abide in Christ's doctrine so as to give assent and credence to it, and yet not abide in it so as to improve it and to live answerable to it. This is a great mystery which we cannot comprehend or explain. 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. What are we to understand by "the things which we have wrought"? The difference is that between open violence and stealth. The mistake is in allowing the ambition to separate itself from Christ, and, as men say, to run away with them, so that no influence from above or from within can withhold them from extravagance, but the force of every reasonable restraint is broken. Who shall bring God nigh to him? Intercourse with anti-christian teachers is very injurious to the faith of young Christians. OBEDIENCE AS THE FRUIT OF LOVE.1. )The contagion of evil to be avoidedC. There is no man serves God for nought who is a free and bountiful pay-master. To plead personal temperament in excuse for the habit of over-eagerness or of backwardness, is to overlook the grace of God. In all associated warfare or service, the perfect heart of devotion is good, but waste and failure follow unless there is also the power to keep rank. (2) Count the cost of a partial loss of it. 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. Man, conscious of guilt, condemned at the bar of his own conscience, has asked himself the question, "How shall man be just before God? 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. To lose such a work as this is, the work of the ministry, this is no ordinary business, nor so to be accounted. As a child I remember that the most difficult part of Christmas was simply waiting for it to come. )The contagion of evil to be avoidedC. For is it not the case that we are influenced by the words we speak?(T. 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. The strongest man is he whose enthusiasm is disciplined by self-control, whose devotion to Christ is whole-hearted and well-nigh incapable of increase, but yet is closely regulated by a sanctified reason, and thus made provident of its resources and unalterable in its purposes. 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. They have God indeed in the common relation of a Creator. 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. Did he not use all the persuasion of his soul to lead her and her children to the truth?2. (4)The love of God in our redemption. 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. Therefore in the second place, let us make this use of the point, even to acknowledge Christ and His doctrine and the grace of God which is revealed in it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. "(3) Take the most vigorous measures against spiritual loss.(W. How, then, can I speak evil of my King?" 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. )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. 2. He finds himself surrounded with the grandeur and the ever-varying beauty of the material creation.1. Are you satisfied to be irreligious because others are? By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Look to yourselves. )Warning against false teachersT. If salvation with the appurtenances of it had been in any other hands besides we had not been so sure of it. Let What You Heard from the Beginning Abide in You. We will take notice of both. Character is built on the great principles of the gospel, and our whole energy is required to complete it.2. It is more than doubtful whether any Christian can get to know much about God, unless he be stirred by an ambition to know, or can make much progress in personal religion, unless he be taken possession of by the ambition to be made like his Saviour. He writes her an epistle. True, we may compare doctrines to bones, but they are like the bones in your body, and they need not be dry. Secondly, meditation, that is also a good conduce merit hereunto. What a sad and bitter thought — "I have lost all.! (1) You have tremendous responsibilities. "That we receive a full reward." 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. Selfishness and exclusiveness are as unchristian as they are unamiable. Compare 1Jo 5:3 and Joh … A. A real religion must have a basis in real beliefs. 2 John 1:6. The fashion is to hold opinions and views that are as colourless as possible, and carefully to refrain from committing oneself to anything; to remember that every question has "so many sides that life is not long enough for men to examine them all," and that therefore a man should not venture to be positive about anything. II. If that be taken in connection with the preceding verse, where a man is represented as through half-heartedness, losing whatever he has gained, the unexpected but important lesson is obtained, that "to advance over-eagerly and to hang back are alike violations of duty."I. )Looking after one's own interestG. )Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ. )No tolerationT. 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. "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." First, the labour of it; it is a painful work, and therefore is it so often in Scripture set forth by such an expression. and what by "losing those things which we have wrought "? And if you still further reduce the position of the author, so that in place of blasphemous sentiments you put mere worldly words into his mouth, and without making him a pattern of immorality simply ascribe to him indifference as to religion, it is clear you do not touch the argument upon which participation in other men's sins is established, though you may diminish the likelihood of his making other men to sin, or the enormity of the crimes to which he may be accessory. What a perpetuity of evil-doing has thus been acquired by many of the dead! I could tremble at being told, "Every man shall bear his own burden" — at hearing, "So, then, every one of us shall give account of himself to God"; but I do not apprehend all the awfulness of appearing at the tribunal of the Most High till I ponder this assertion of St. John, "He that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." Our sermon ideas for 2 John will help you prepare a powerful message on persevering in Truth when faced with opposition, starting with loving your sister and brother. We see how mistaken many are in their view of religion as incapable of affording joy. First, by fraud and circumvention. What other loss will compare with this? You ask, in a sort of terror, for some specific by which to guard against this partaking in the sins of other men. The cause of our justification before God is not in our own goodness, but if grace does not infuse its goodness into us, we are not Christians.III. 1. "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." Just as in the "Pilgrim's Progress," where the traveller Zion-ward is toiling up the hill to reach the City of Life. There is a looking to ourselves that is wrong, which we are to be careful to avoid, and which we are bound to overcome. It is commanded by God. )The ingratitude of deceiversScientific Illustrations.The Volucellae have a strong resemblance to the humble bee. He taught that the framework of definite truth or doctrine was essentially the strength and stability of the Christian character.(E. 2 John 12 Ver. 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. Thirdly, take it as to the reward; they are losers of what they have wrought as to this likewise. The more pains that any man takes the less willing is he to lose it. Thirdly, for the work itself, and that in sundry respects. Why is it men are not as much afraid of the contagion of vice? Christian men, look to your selves. Whatever can be looked for shall be enjoyed. In all associated warfare or service, the perfect heart of devotion is good, but waste and failure follow unless there is also the power to keep rank. 2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. The verb ὁμολογέω, to speak the same language, suggests a beautiful thought in this connection. They have God to judge them, but they have not God to save them. Now therefore let us be careful to put this caution in practise; losses are for the most part unacceptable. Are they still with you, or have they passed away? God give us to be equally faithful under different and less arduous circumstances, that at the last we too may "receive the crown of life."(J. Can a True Christian Fall Away from God? of importance enough to help also to destroy the souls of others; and henceforward we would have you remember that whensoever you act you act for a multitude; eyes are upon you, many or few, according to the position that you occupy; some are either watching to take pattern or waiting for your halting. First, this conveyance of all good to us in the covenant of grace and in the name of Christ, it is the safest and surest dispensation. What thoughts and feelings have you concerning Christ? "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." Love is to be manifested by obedience to the Divine will. He took on Him our sins, He bore them away, made "an end of sins," made "reconciliation for iniquity," and brought in "everlasting righteousness." His uncle Abraham and himself were large farmers, their herds pasturing together. For this. The tendency which the omission has to subvert the principles omitted. That is, he is reckoned by others to be in partnership with him. There is no man serves God for nought who is a free and bountiful pay-master. The lifeless performance of this duty is generally the forerunner of open sin or absolute apostasy (Jude 1:20).4. Are they still with you, or have they passed away? "For he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works." However excellent religion is in theory, its theory is insufficient for your salvation. Those which are subject to very much hazard, they had need to take very much heed. "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not 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. 1, Remember the services of others. The philosophers of all ages, even if good friends among themselves, can only set up a fancied aristocracy of intellect for themselves, and are very jealous about admitting the people into the Olympus of their sympathies. We might have stayed the torrent of vice and ungodliness; we might have turned some sinners from the error of their ways. In mercantile phrase, as has been well said, it would be to endorse his false doctrines; and the day of reckoning shall come. Probably John wrote, "The things which we have wrought." We may understand it of either. In the department of Christian service similarly, most men will agree that the best human qualifications for doing it well are not over-eagerness, still less backwardness, but steady earnestness or well-controlled zeal. Secondly, the argument whereupon the caution is urged, or the matter wherein to be exercised. Dives quite believed in taking every care of himself. We will select two modes: the first is that of giving evil counsel, or diffusing wrong principles; the second is that of setting a bad example. I could tremble at being told, "Every man shall bear his own burden" — at hearing, "So, then, every one of us shall give account of himself to God"; but I do not apprehend all the awfulness of appearing at the tribunal of the Most High till I ponder this assertion of St. John, "He that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." He that abides not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. There is danger within as well as without.II. He has left no system of theology. If he be tempted to advance beyond the Saviour, the master-passion of love for Him will hold him back; or if he be tempted to linger behind, the love will draw him on. 2 John 9 Ver. We must rightly understand this method and order which God has set for the conveying of saving grace unto us. It is a motto most men believe in. Our spiritual condition is the outcome of much expenditure of our own vital energy.II. First, hath them in him, by way of abode and habitation. True, we may compare doctrines to bones, but they are like the bones in your body, and they need not be dry. Written by John Hagee. 2 John 12 Ver. 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. If there be lines of beauty, tracings of truth on the tablet of our soul, it is because we bear within the imprint of His gentle but mighty hand. A. You will hardly require of us to show you that this author participates in the sins of ether men. The great fact which is fundamental to the gospel, and animates the faith of the believer, is that "Jesus Christ is come in the flesh." If he be tempted to advance beyond the Saviour, the master-passion of love for Him will hold him back; or if he be tempted to linger behind, the love will draw him on. How can the weak voice of man be heard across that tremendous gulf which yawns between him, the creature of a day, and the Eternal? I believe it is in the latter sense that the phrase is used here. 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." When these eggs have hatched, the larvae, which have two mandibles, devour the larvae of their hosts the bees. The use and improvement of this point by way of application: First, it comes home to sundry sorts of persons who are hence concluded in a very sad condition. What a sad and bitter thought — "I have lost all.! P. At first he says, "Look to yourselves"; but he adds, "that we lose not the things which we have wrought." Looking after our own interest; looking after Number One! The delicate tints and scents of nature cannot be supplied by the most practised hand in art, so as long to deceive. ITS POSSIBLE EFFACEMENT. Lot was a man who believed in looking after himself. Gnosticism is not actively taught in our day, but other forms of evil teaching abound. No philosophy can thus create and combine. A. If there be lines of beauty, tracings of truth on the tablet of our soul, it is because we bear within the imprint of His gentle but mighty hand. If the work of the ministry take not there is nothing hereafter to be expected. But then further, take it in reference to their own works, "that ye lose not the things which ye have wrought." Let this subject furnish a criterion of truth and error.2. 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). 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. Leave a comment . At first he says, "Look to yourselves"; but he adds, "that we lose not the things which we have wrought." First, as to matter of judgment: here is a censure upon declining in this; for any that have formerly embraced Christ and His doctrine to depart from it thus, it is a business of great danger to them and does exclude them from interest in God Himself. 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