Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God. The one who remains in this teaching has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 1.9
Is it important what I believe? Is one line of thought as good as any other? So long as I say I am a Christian, then I am good, aren’t I? According to the apostle John, it is very important what I believe and to whom I give my support. If I do not remain in the teaching of Christ, I do not have God. The Bible talks of not adding to the word and not taking away from the word. Moses passed this principle to the Israelites when they were about to enter the promised land in Deuteronomy 4.2. John repeats the same principle in Revelation 22.18-19. It is a principle that many today ignore or try to pass off as not important. But what about creativity? If it goes outside of what the word of God has said, I had better reject it. Who am I to tell God how he should be worshiped? John in the verses following, 2 John 10-11, goes a step further. I should not receive in my home or greet someone who does not bring the teaching of Jesus. John says that I will share in his evil deeds. Did you catch that? Not only is the person who teaches something different considered to be evil, but also the one who receives him. Much damage may be done if I am perceived as accepting the person who is no longer faithful to the gospel message. However, the one who remains in Christ’s teaching has both the Father and the Son. Think about it. I want to remain in Christ where we have it all!