In stark contrast to counterfeit religion, confessional Christianity is a direct response to God’s revelation in Scripture. Alistair Begg warns of the risk of being sidetracked from the truth and reminds us to continue in the faith on a path marked by righteousness. We are called to persevere, encouraging one another daily until Christ returns.
7For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we1 have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
12Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
13The children of your elect sister greet you.
The notion that there is objective, verifiable, fixed, universal, and defined truth is obsolete today, and the very idea of anything “absolute” is under attack. This opposition to truth is not new, for in every generation when the truth of Jesus Christ is declared and proclaimed, the evil one works to undermine it and sow seeds of confusion. In the books of 2 & 3 John, the Apostle John warned the first century Church— and all believers — about these dangers. 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.
In this series, Alistair Begg challenges us to avoid a counterfeit Christianity as we prioritize and defend the truth of the Gospel. A genuine Christian walk will be marked by the integrity, humility, and generosity of a life lived in response to God’s love and grace.
Related resource: "The Truth of Scripture"
|Truth and Love||2 John 1:1-3|
|Response, Request, Reminder||2 John 1:4-6|
|The Danger of Deception||2 John 1:7-13|
|Confessional Christianity||2 John 1:7-13|
|Walk in the Truth, Part One||3 John 1:1-8|
|Walk in the Truth, Part Two||3 John 1:1-8|
|Condemnation of Diotrephes||3 John 1:9-10|
|Commendation of Demetrius||3 John 1:9-14|