So how does that play out in the church? The church would stand out like "a city that is set on a hill"! Discipleship, Failure, Family, Truth, 1973, 2 John. How delighted the heart of that mother must have been to see God in the life of that precious boy. To love in truth is to have a love willing to confront untruth. Peter had been dead a generation, thirty years, when John wrote these words. Truthfulness is to be an identifying characteristic of God’s people. . Let me invite you to listen for the recurring word, “Truth,” as I read the first four verses. Inspirational devotions delivered right to your email inbox. He forgives and goes on loving. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35).”. Each province, each tribe, each people, each nation could have their own religion. Now Polycarp was the pastor of the church at Ephesus in 155 AD, when he was burned at the stake. I have done that many times Just how do you say, “This one we will give away”? So he writes in verse 1, “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.” That is, “I love you but so does every other truth-loving Christian love you.” And John adds that this truth, verse 2, “abides in us and will be with us forever.” Pretty straight-forward. And this is the sweet invitation we press upon your heart today. - cf. We must walk in the truth. Thirdly, walking in truth means that we: 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. . Love is not so much a feeling as it is an action. John adds in verse 6: This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. In order to create and nurture deep Christian fellowship you have to talk about who you think Christ is and what he taught. Jesus warns in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.14 [But] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”. Polycrates, who was baptized in 125 AD, and who later was pastor of the church at Ephesus, in naming some of the saints whose ashes slept in that Asian capital city, mentions John the apostle, that he was buried in the Asian capital of Ephesus. Many of you will know that we preached thorough 1 John a few years ago and so we’re coming back now to the last two letters of John’s. Do not take your eyes off of truth . And Polycarp said something at his trial before the Roman emperor that is most significant. The Roman government was most liberal and most lenient toward all of the provinces that they conquered. What they were trying to do to the aged pastor, Polycarp, at Ephesus, was they were trying to get him to take just a little pinch of incense and place it on the flame that burned before the Roman Caesar’s image: an act of worship to the Christian, but an act of patriotism to the Roman government. Those are the kind of people you are to keep out of the church. Does the Lord wish a man to fail in his business? O God, we include them all! To “walk in the truth” is to know the truth, believe the truth, and obey the truth. The doctrine of the incarnation is truth. Because He sees us “in Christ.” He sees the perfection of Christ applied to us. Not Sight” 4 Romans 1:16 4. The good rejoice the more to find the young "walking in truth." John has much more to say. And then he adds this further cautionary statement in verse 10: 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. The throng on this lower floor, into the aisle and down to the front: “Here I am. “I rejoice greatly that I found my children walking in the truth” [2 John 4]. Christian believing affects Christian living. The golden joy of the parent and pastor is seeing his children walking in the Tell me. Why is the joining together of two natures so important? You’re not trained, you’re not educated. How happy Obed, to have a son like Jesse? “Little children, I rejoice greatly when I hear that you walk in the truth” [2 John 1:4; 3 John 4]. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. He has divided the kingdom, but when you fight in the day of that confrontation, spare the life of the young man Absalom.” And you remember when he was caught by the hair in a tree and suspended? Sermon: Walking in Truth. Now the text; and the same thing as verse 4 over here, verse 4 here, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” [3 John 4]. Walking in Truth. Living the truth is not popular. sorrow to a godly parent or pastor when the children depart away from God, 1. Speaks as though he were a father(1 John 5:21; 2 Sermons by: Walking In The Truth 2 And 3 John. I kind of hesitate about saying this, but so many times things happen in my pastoral ministry that I ponder over, and can’t get away from, can’t forget. Well, Irenaeus and Eusebius say it was John who won Polycarp to Jesus: that he was a disciple of John. And we’re going to see in a moment that the main truth about which John is concerned is the truth of the incarnation, that God took on flesh in the Person of Christ, so that Jesus Christ is the perfect uniting together of two natures, the uniting together of God and Man, into one person. This is John’s concern in his letter, 2 John. Home Sermons Truth WALKING IN THE TRUTH VS.… CONTRASTS: WALKING IN THE TRUTH VS. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth” [3 John 4]. We’d never gossip about each other, if we loved one another; nor would there be any violence, or any thievery, or any robbery, or any crime if we loved one another. … How does Christ love you? Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. Do any of you women belong to the Eastern Star? 1:1 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, 2 because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. [Genesis 21:1-3]. Can you imagine the happiness of Hannah? I suppose somewhat, when she made the little coat and brought it to the lad each year, once a year [1 Samuel 2:19], but oh, how much more was she glad when she saw the presence of God in the life of that little boy, for he was converted at an early age [1 Samuel 3:7-10], and it was known and established from Dan to Beersheba that that lad was set to be a prophet in Israel [1 Samuel 3:20]. Just how do you do it? God loves us in Christ. First Christian Church exists to be, to seek and to make disciples of Jesus in God’s creation by inviting all people into God’s love and by caring for all people through God’s love. This is the delight of a pastor’s heart: his people love the Lord. Do not take your eye off of Worship . Rich Stratton, https://fbchenderson.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/23135823/2013.07.21.A-Walking-in-Truth-Todd-Linn-72413938390.mp3, See “12 Half-Truths We Live With,” January 19, 2013. We’d never hurt each other, if we loved one another. John has much more he wishes to say. How happy Abraham, to have a son like Isaac? Look out for untruth. The service preview for December 27 is now available online. It’s the moment when their child has grown up, and they’re moving out, setting out on their own adventure. John had heard Jesus talk about Christian love for one another. John warns agains untruth. Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. Well, if Jesus were only man, then He wouldn’t be able to save us. John lived to be an old pastor; pastor of the church at Ephesus when he was about a hundred years old. John lists some of the blessings that come from walking in the truth. This is the delight of a pastor’s heart: his people love the Lord. Listen ... And this is solid ground we can stand on - this is truth to walk in! In the meantime, we are looking at 2 John this morning and then 3 John next week. We are each “hidden in Christ.” The perfection of Christ covers each and every one of us. Do not take your eyes off of the Church . “For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth” [3 John 3]. That is enough.”. Is there not something more, something besides?” And the old, patriarchal pastor replied, “No. Charles A. Bonadies. . What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you so that you may have fellowship with us. 2 because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. BE TRUTHFUL WITH GOD Proverbs 12:22 “The Lord detest lying lips, and he delights… That’s why we love one another because we are in the same boat. 7) “Swollen glands” are not actually glands; they are a series of lymph nodes. “Little children,” talking to his congregation, to his church, and then in the text, both of them, in 2 John and 3 John: “I rejoice greatly when I hear that my children walk in truth” [2 John 4; 3 John 4]. John’s concern, shared by every shepherd since, was to see his spiritual children not only acknowledge the truth of the Gospel, but to walk in obedience to that truth. When it comes to the Bible, however, knowing the truth is of paramount importance. Look out for the false teachings of Islam, a belief system that also denies the Trinity and denies the deity of Christ. January 17, 2021 Speaker: Josh DeGroote Series: Miscellaneous. Almost certainly, Simon Peter was crucified between 64 and 69 AD. . Tweet. This is necessary for fellowship with God. 2. And how proud old Barzillai must have been when he saw his son, Chimham, in the household of the king [2 Samuel 19:40], serving David all of the days of his life. I look forward to preaching through that great letter of the Apostle Paul’s as it contains so much practical information for the church. I remember as a teen-ager how sometimes I would resent being called a kid. a. We are preaching through these three epistles of John. Rome did not persecute, yet they persecuted the Christians, which is a phenomenal thing: only the Christians. So this, this pastor, this old patriarch between 95 and 100 years of age, when he speaks to his congregation, he speaks to them as though they were little children and he was an aged, loving father. Remember when Jesus was asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” He replied, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great[est] commandment. And Jesus says we are to love others just as He loves us. So if Polycarp was won to Christ in Ephesus in 69 AD, then John fled Palestine in the days of the rebellion of the Jews against the Roman government. Living for Christ is not as popular as living without Christ. This is the infinite, superlative gladness of a parent’s heart: to see the child, beautiful in every way, loving God all the days of his life. At Offering time: #573, “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee” Doxology: #568, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” #569, “Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpets” Scripture reading: John 8: 31-47 Text: vs. 32 Sermon: "The Truth Will Set You Free" Sermon. Are you here with the mother and all of the circle of the home? So the aged patriarch was brought to the church; an elder was standing on one side to hold him up, and an elder was standing on the other side to hold him up. What shall I do with my baby?”, And I will say to the sweet girl—I’ll say, “My dear, you have no way to care for the child, no way at all. There’s a lot of pressure to live as the world lives. Walking In the Truth. Both the parent and the pastor, A. Grace be unto you, peace, and mercy, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. Joab heard about it. Our goal is to reach out with God’s truth to all people by means of radio and podcast. And Joab censured David, condemned him. Secondly, walking in truth means Christians are to, number two: Christians are to love one another. “I’ve got so much more to say,” but since he can’t say so now, he gives the church the most important information they need, all that will fit on one sheet of papyrus. 4) A koala bear is not a bear; it’s a marsupial. SERMON: “Children Walking in Truth” ... Scripture: 3rd John 4. walking in truth or not, B. Live the truth. Now, the text, “I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father” [2 John 4]. “Look to yourselves,” warns John! Look out, says John, look out for untruth, false teachings that deny the doctrine of Christ. Walking In Truth - Daily Biblical study of the Word from a Truth perspective, delivered to your inbox. Because that’s what God does for us. Let me say that again, “Love is not so much a feeling as an action.” You choose to love because God has chosen to love you. The devil will lead you astray. Some have taken verse 10 to mean that you shouldn’t witness to a false teacher who comes and knocks on your door. He is 100% God and 100% Man, two natures in one Person, joined together forever. Walking in Truth | The Epistles of John Back to sermon series It’s been said that the Gospel of John was written to ‘convert sinners’, while his three epistles were written to ‘confirm the saints’. The doctrine of the incarnation is that God takes on flesh so that in Jesus Christ we have the uniting together of two natures–divine and human–two natures joined together in perfect union forever and ever. Sermon: 3 John Walking in the Truth There comes a time in a parent’s life which brings a whole mix of emotions. In either case, John says, “I’m just delighted that some of you are living out your Christian faith, living out the truth, walking in truth.”. God said, “Abraham, for your sake, I hear your prayer, and I will make of him a great nation” [Genesis 17:20]. Heart of God moved when His people intercede for unworthy children, a. David for Absalom(2 Samuel 18:9-14, 33, 19:5-7), b. Abraham for Ishmael(Genesis 17:18, 20), 2. It is as if we are saying, “I don’t love that person because I don’t regard Your perfection as sufficient to cover that person.” By failing to love another brother or sister in Christ, we are hurting Jesus Christ Himself. [Romans 10:1]. We must know the truth. We pray for them all! Obversely, what sorrow to the pastor, what sorrow to the parent, when he sees his children depart away from God: the father turning his face toward the house of the Lord, and the son turning his face toward the house of sin; the father singing the songs of Zion, and the son singing the ballads of Belial; the father on the highway to heaven, and the son on the broad way to destruction. After all of these are in the fold, if that one is not saved, it’s a burden to the heart of the pastor or the parent. It’s like what Paul teaches in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”. May be very happy that the children are socially acceptable, and the finest social circles love to include them, but have no grief of spirit that they find no favor with God [3 John 4]. May be very careful and grateful for the cleverness of mind and the astuteness of learning, but be not burdened at all that they don’t know Christ [John 17:3]. You need nothing beside. Paul says, "I urge you to walk in a way that's worthy of the calling you have received." Would God I had died for thee—O Absalom, my son, my son” [2 Samuel 18:33]. Supreme desire of the parent and pastor that all be saved, none are outside the WALKING IN TRUTH III JOHN 3, 4 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. Does He? . The verbal phrase, “I have found,” translates the Greek word many of us know, the word, “Eureka!” That may be all the Greek we know, but most of us know it: Eureka, I have found some of your children walking in truth.”, Either John discovered this personally on a previous visit to this church in Asia Minor, or someone else told him about the way these Christians were living. Spare his life. For example: here is a girl, and she says to me, “I am not married, and I am going to be a mother. Well, let’s open our Bibles to a little book that we need to look at, 2 John. Being truth-filled and truthful people is not optional. Henderson’s First Baptist Church, Henderson. This is John’s primary concern when he writes about the truth we must embrace. May 12, 2019. Dry those tears and hush that lament! 3. But not only must we know the truth, we must live the truth. I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. Specifically the untruth John has in mind has to do with the doctrine of the incarnation, that God has come in the Person of Jesus Christ. . Fourth verse in 2 John: “I rejoice greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth” [2 John 4]. And here is an expression of that: God wishing you success in what you do: if you are a farmer, that you have a good crop; if you raise cattle, that the herds increase; if you work in a store, that your customers multiply; if you’re in the commercial world or the professional world, that you succeed in the thing to which you’ve placed heart and hand. joy either way to the parent or pastor who does not care whether children There is no hint of that in the Bible. Thats what John begins to do in verses 510. [Ruth 4:17, 22]. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth” [3 John 4]. One of the fellow elders in our church came to me after the service this morning and said, “Isn’t that almost unbelievable, that at the age of one hundred, ninety-five to one hundred, John is still pastor of the church at Ephesus?”. And the world, though it now has "their understanding darkened", might be more likely to come to see the truth that is in Jesus c. 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