Wednesday, 12th May 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-6 Love One Another
V1-3 “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, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever.” In I John, we talk about love and denying ourselves. We need to get rid of our old self in order to live out the new life of Jesus. In II John it was written to the elected lady, which implies the bride, the church, the children of church and that’s us. We are much loved by God, we thought there is too much restrictions to follow God and we thought we have no freedom but we don’t see that it’s by choice we follow God, and by choice we receive this love from God. He already made it available to us but it’s up to us if we want to receive it or not.
V4 “I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.” God is preparing by the truth. The truth is abide in us and in God, there is full of grace, mercy and peace. He is the trinity God and He works in fellowship.
V5-6 “And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. This is love that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.” We like to do a lot of teaching, but can people really feel the love behind it? Does it bring the grace, mercy and peace of God? When we share testimony, we need to let God come in with His truth, and let His love be with those we share to. To love one another is not a new commandment but an order from the beginning in God’s creation. So how to love? We need do deny ourselves, don’t always look at the needs of ourselves but the needs of the family.
Section Two V7-11 Listen To Teaching
V7 “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” The deceivers make us doubt God’s salvation plan and our own identity. This is what we are facing now in this world, we think we don’t have the power and we are not worthy, but when we think that then Jesus died on the cross in vein. Because if we don’t believe this grace comes to us freely.
We are worried that we cannot love. When a mother is pregnant with a child, she would not think about her restrictions but only what she should do to ensure the child is healthy and safe. This is the love and with this love, we can love one another with joy, not with restrictions. When we start tending our own needs we won’t be able to love like Jesus does. Therefore we cannot use our own ways and the ways of the world to teach those who follow us. Everything we teach must be from the Bible.
V7-8 “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.” When someone comes to us not with the love of God then we should not bring them to our house. When we follow God, we receive eternal life but if we follow men then our life will perish, we need to love one another and obey the teaching. Are we doing the work in order to receive the rewards we entitled? God loves us but not with a spoiled love, He wants us to grow, to receive teaching and to multiply. This is the love of God.
V10-11 “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” For those who don’t preach the Word of God we should not associate with them. We should not be afraid to offend others because if they are not with us then don’t let ourselves enter into temptation. In truth there is no grey area, we cannot let the environment overcome us.
Section V12-13 Receive Full Joy
V12 “Having many things to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.” It’s important about teaching face to face, because then our lives can be corrected and lifted up. We are chosen to be where we are today and when we receive teaching for our own benefits. God never intend to put us down, but our attitude of receiving teaching is very important. It determines how we can receive the fullest of joy. God gives us freedom to choose, and today when we choose a life as His bride, we will be able to willingly receive His teaching, obey His commandments, love one another and walk in the truth.
Prayer and Pursuit
Lord, we know You lift us up for love, and in Your truth we can deny ourselves, benefit others, humble and obey. But it’s so hard for us to carry it out, we want to follow but our flesh is often in the way. 2000 years ago, You already foresaw our problems and our weaknesses, so You gave us II John to help us, to give us strength, to set apart our lives, to come out of the darkness and enter into the wonderful light.
我们都是属于神的，都属于真理。求神帮助我们，当我们知道圣灵提醒我们的时候，我们要去爱，要舍己利他、谦卑顺服，时常守诫命，要喜乐满足。主你知道我们我们常有心无力。感谢神今天借着约翰二书帮助我们警醒，从世界中分别出来。求神加添我们的力量，出黑暗入光明 – 让我们跳出自己的黑暗，进入神奇妙的光明！奉耶稣基督得胜的名祷告！阿们！