Wake Up Beloved! False teachers are not sleeping. We are in a battle and must be prepared to discern and fight against that which comes against the church. Peter teaches in 2 Peter 2:1, “False prophets arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive…
I have finished my reading of 17 New Testaments in 17 weeks, however, I have not posted the remaining three books: II John, III John and Jude. Here goes II John and we are going to read about the commandment to love.
2 John 1:5
“And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.”
King James Version (KJV)
I wonder what life would be like if we could just follow this one commandment.
2 John 1:6
“And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.”
King James Version (KJV)
We read about love right from the beginning of the bible.
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
Are you following the Lord’s commandments?
In Luke we read about the rich young ruler and how we can inherit eternal life. Let’s read it now together.
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
John states the truth so clearly in his letter.
II John 1:8,9
Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
Again, I ask you are you walking in the commandments of the Lord?
We read in 1 John: God is light and has no darkness. God is love. God is the beginning and he is truth. We read about the fellowship of Jesus Christ who cleanses us from all sin. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Word. He is our advocate and the Holy Spirit abides in us.
Sin entered the world in the garden of Eden. Eve decides, she can have something even though she was told to leave it alone. How many times does this happen to you? You know you should not do something or say something which is not right. You feel it in your heart and know it just doesn’t sit right with you.
1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God had made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
We are all born of sin because sin entered this world when Eve did not obey God.
Psalm 38:18 For I will declare my iniquity; I will be sorry for my sins.
From the Websters Dictionary of 1828:
1. Sorrow for any thing done or said; the pain or grief which a person experiences in consequence of the injury or inconvenience produced by his own conduct.
2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment, is called legal repentance as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life.
3. Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence. This is called evangelical repentance and is accompanied and followed by amendment of life.
Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice, from conviction that it has offended God.
Paul reminds those in Corinth don’t forget to repent. When you repent it must be more than just for a short time.
How many times do we only repent for a season?
II Corinthians 7:8-10
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season.
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Parable of two sons – read Matthew 21:28-46
Who truly repented?
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
The good news is: Jesus died for all sinners on Calvary.
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”
Have you repented of your sins today?
As I continue my 17 weeks of studying 17 New Testament books, I found II Peter to be an epistle of encouragement.
2 Peter 1:13“Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;”
- Fisherman of the sea
- He is the brother of Andrew
- One of the 12 apostles
- He walks on water only to doubt Jesus and begins to sink
- Peter confesses Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God
- Peter sees Jesus transfigured
- Peter falls to his face and is afraid when he hears a voice from a bright cloud which overshadows. The voice of God states, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”
- Peter denies Jesus three times, just as Jesus states Peter would do
- Peter remembers what Jesus told him he would do and weeps bitterly (Peter repents)
- II Corinthians 7:10 For Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
- Peter’s first sermon is found in Acts 2:14-21
- Peter is persecuted for his preaching of the truth found in Acts 4
- Peter’s ministry to the Gentiles found in Acts 11
- Peter speaks about the law and the Gentiles found in Acts 15:7-11
- Peter comforts the church and exhorts to holy living in both his epistles I Peter and II Peter
- Peter suffers for the believe of Christ
Peter stirs us up to remember believing in Christ may be one thing but living out a life like Christ is not always easy. Just as Peter, we still live in a time where believing and living a life of Christ has cost us persecution and for some death.
However, just as Peter, we need to remember God is faithful and keeps his promises. The Lord will come back for us as read in:
2 Peter Chapter 3
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day [is] with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
May today be the day you are willing not to perish and have eternal life with our Father God.
Upon reading 1 Peter, it’s clear God is the father to Jesus, God is abundantly merciful, God is Holy, God is a giver, God is faithful, God resists the proud and God gives grace to the humble. We read Jesus Christ is glorious, has no sin (blemish or spot), has existed before the world, endures forever, is gracious, has strength, has a controlled tongue, he bared a heavy load of sins, he hears the righteous prayers, he has suffered, he has preached, and he is sitting on the right hand side of God. Also, we read the Holy Spirit was sent from heaven to be our comforter, to watch us and to prick and convict our hearts.
I have to say 1 Peter has been a real comfort to me while doing my bible study.
One of the many scriptures which spoke to me was: 1 Peter 5:1-4.
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
It is my understanding that Christians will receive crowns at the Judgement seat of Christ. As read:
1After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
There are five crowns which Christians can receive:
- 1 Peter 5:4 the crown of glory (for building up the body of Christ)
- 2 Timothy 4:8 the crown of righteousness (for eagerly looking for Christ to appear in the last days)
- 1 Thessalonians 2:19 the crown of rejoicing (for being soul winners)
- James 1:12 and Revelation 2:10 the crown of life (for not yielding to temptation)
- 1 Corinthians 9:27 the crown of incorruptible (bringing our bodies under subjection)
From the Old Testament, we know Jesus is the Messiah who fulfilled prophecy. And we know from this and the New Testaments he will come again any day or any moment.
“For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.”
Isaiah 9:6“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Micah 5:2“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
Zechariah 9:9“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
These are only a few verses which show Jesus fulfills prophecy and is indeed the Messiah who came to save a sinner like me.
We then read in the New Testaments, Jesus himself is wearing a crown. He is wearing a crown of thorns straight to the cross for you and me.
29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
The next time we read about crowns is when Jesus returns. Praise God!
11And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
I pray I will receive crowns one day and be able to set them down at the feet of Jesus.
My prayer for you, is to lean not unto your own understanding and continue to search the living word of God for the truth.