Losing what you worked for (II John 1, Isaiah 28)

“Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward,” II John 1:8

Last evening I encountered a person, while on visitation, who said, “You Baptist’s have sent many people to hell by your doctrine.”  In particular he was referring to the theological stand on God’s ability to keep saved those in who He saves.

I was reminded of the conversation as I came to II John 1:8.

This is John’s second letter by which he is still proving the need of true faith in Jesus Christ as both the Son of God and the Son of Man (coming in human flesh).

John is once again warning his readers not to listen to false teachers who would lead them astray.

Think it through:

I.  True followers of Jesus walk in truth, Vs: 4

Such people love His commandments and they love each other.

II.  True followers of Jesus war in truth, Vs: 5

Such people are so versed in the commandments of God, that they know false teaching and false teachers when they hear them.

Case in point, “The person I was talking too simply was off base in what they were saying.”  They were struggling to understand true salvation.  True salvation is a work totally of God (Eph. 2:8-9).  This work is so complete that the person who is saved will stay saved because God has transformed their lives in order that they might live in a different way (I John 3:2-3).

But what about those who leave and seemingly lose what they have worked for?  I remind you of John’s earlier words, “If they had been of us, they would have remained with us, but they went out from us because they were not of us.”  

We must be careful to understand true salvation.  But we must also be careful to understand true sanctification.  Once God places you in His family, you must both walk and war in your faith.

Our response:

“We will receive the reward for our work according to our labor,” I Cor. 3:8

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