Lesson for April 26, 2015: Watch Out for Deceivers (1 John 5:6-12,18-20; 2 John)
Deceivers are all around us. While the last two letters from the apostle John are characterized by his emphasis on the importance of love (as in 1 John), he was equally strong in his warnings about false teaching—2 and 3 John are the shortest documents in the New Testament, but they address serious and important issues. Although they deal with themes similar to those in his first epistle, these are more in the form of a personal letter than a treatise.tay on Guard | 2 John 9-11
False teachers who have left the original apostolic teaching about Jesus have gone too far. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Like many today, these folk wanted God—but not Jesus. That option is not open to us (John 14:6). Instead we are to continue in the teaching we received. C. H. Dodd wrote of those seeking to insinuate their error into the churches they visited: “From their own point of view, they were Christian missionaries. From the standpoint of the Presbyter [John] they were impostors.” The testimony of Scripture is the basis of our faith.
HOME DAILY BIBLE READINGSApril 20: Jeremiah 9:1-7April 21: Acts 15:22-35April 22: Matthew 24:3-14April 23: Romans 16:16-20April 24 1 John 5:6-15April 25: 1 John 5:16-21April 26: 2 John