Do Not Support False Teachers

8 Watch yourselves, so that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be fully rewarded.

9 Anyone who runs ahead without remaining in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Whoever remains in His teaching has both the Father and the Son.

10 If anyone comes to you but does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home or even greet him.

11 Whoever greets such a person shares in his evil deeds.” -2 John 1:8-11, BSB

In verse 8, the Scriptures give a stark warning not to lose the good work that you did for the Lord Jesus Christ.

In verse 9, it says that if a person is claiming to follow Jesus Christ and has adopted a different view from what the Scripture clearly states reveals the person to be a false Christian without the Holy Spirit living inside of him. The one who believes in what the Bible teaches about who Jesus is, salvation, and everything else, God dwells in their hearts.

In verse 10, when a traveler would come, according to the culture, the owner of the house would take care of the weary traveler by providing him with a place to sleep and food so that he may continue on his journey the next day. What the passage is saying that if a “Christian” gets introduce into your life by way of Social Media but believes in unorthodox doctrines [not sound doctrine]. Do not support their blogs in any way.

Remember, false Christians will have some truth, which will contain lies not being consistent with sound teachings. For example, they will teach something truthful like to believe in Jesus for salvation, but at the same time teach that Jesus is another god, thus introducing heretical teachings that are damning. I want to be clear and make a difference between a baby Christian that doesn’t know too much from a false teacher who is deceived and continues to deceive others. An immature Christian will take correction with Scripture, but a false one will not. They will teach something that will go against what the Scripture makes clear about the person of Jesus and His promises found in His Word.

Verse 11 warns that any support that you give to a false teacher, you will end up promoting false doctrine and partake in his evil deeds. You will become that which you proclaim to despise.

(Luke 1:56-60) God Kept His Promise To Zechariah And Elizabeth

[Luke 1:56, BSB] “56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.”

  • Most likely, Mary stayed until the birth of John the Baptist and then went back home.

[Luke 1:57, BSB] “57 When the time came for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son.”

  • The birth of John shows that God keeps His word and what is written will come to pass.

Everything we read in the Scriptures is trustworthy. We can be confident that those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ will go to heaven after death.

[Luke 1:58, BSB] “58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they rejoiced with her.”

  • God’s hand was evident in Elizabeth’s life. Through God’s miracle, the Lord received glory.

Obedience to the Word of God will bring God’s blessing on you, and in turn, people around you who witnessed it or heard about it will bring them closer to the knowledge of Jesus Christ for salvation.

[Luke 1:59, BSB] “59 On the eighth day, when they came to circumcise the child, they were going to name him after his father Zechariah.”

  • In Leviticus 12:2-3, God commands the Israelites that all boys who are born must be circumcised after seven days, which the Lord prescribed for the mother’s uncleanness [referring to her bleeding while giving birth].
  • Circumcision was a covenant that God made between Abraham and his future children, the Israelites. The word “covenant” means that both parties are in league with each other through a treaty. Every Israelite male had to get circumcised to show that they were bound to God and followers of the true God. Circumcision also showed that the circumcised person worships the true God while the non-circumcised one believes in a false god.
  • In the New Testament, the fulfillment of circumcision was by receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit in a person distinguishes him from a non-believer.

Romans 2:29
“No, a man is a Jew because he is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise does not come from men, but from God.”

[Luke 1:60, BSB] “60 But his mother replied, “No! He shall be called John.”

  • Elizabeth objected to naming her son with the father’s name since God’s angel specifically told Zechariah to give him the name John as seen in verse 13.

All Scriptures are taken from the Berean Study Bible version (BSB). Permission has been acquired.

Verse of the Day Q&A: God Has A Plan For You

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.

-Jeremiah 29:11, BSB

Jesus has a purpose for your life because He loves you. He wants to save you from your sins. All you have to do is place your faith in Jesus and ask Him to forgive you. He wants to use you, to bless you, and to bring Him glory.

  • Have you placed your faith in Jesus?
  • And if yes, what are you doing for Him today?

Remember, He is coming soon, so don’t delay.