Focus: 2 John 1:9 - KJV
9. 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.
There is a huge problem of understanding the things of God amongst men. The Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ days were particular about serving God, putting reliance majorly on the doctrines of Moses. Some of these doctrines were the doctrines of the fathers and not necessarily of God but was served them by Moses and they defended it. However, everything that Christ taught emanated from the Father Himself. Today, those doctrines of the fathers are still being upheld as against that which Christ teaches. Indeed, it was for this reason that the Jews were obsessed against Christ and condemned Him to the cross. Even now, many are still condemning Him to the cross, albeit for lack of understanding, believing that by so doing, they serve God better.
Ironically, anyone who errs in the doctrines of Christ are not pleasing to God for He is the only way to the Father. What that means simply is that no other doctrine leads to the father but Christ’s. Think about it: what serves God better – to save lives on the sabbath or to stay aloof and watch a neighbor die without lifting a hand to help because it is the sabbath? Or, is it pleasing to God for us to hate our neighbor because we suspect he is an enemy or to love and forgive those who hurt us? The one is Moses’ doctrine and the other is Christ’s. Leaning on that of Moses or any other as against that of Christ is transgressing against God which the Lord frowns at.
Beloved, when the Lord will sentence sinners, the measure to use will be the doctrine of Christ. For those who lived before the advent of Christ, they are said to have lived in the days of ignorance. They will be judged based on what they were made to know and understand at the time. For all intents and purposes, the doctrine of Christ is love. God loves us and gave Him to us. He wants us to love Him in return, even as we love our neighbors as ourselves. Anything that deviates from this is a transgression and never pleasing to God. Saul of Tarsus discovered this when he saw the light. We can see that light too and turn around for God’s use.
SOLUTION: Take hold of the Gospel of Christ to have a deep understanding of what He stands for. When you meditate on same, the Holy Spirit will take you deeper into the understanding of the doctrine of Christ. Live by what you discover and you will not offend God.
Pray in this manner: Father, I want to be true to you and do not want to go about in vain believing I am serving you. Please make your doctrine and that which you accept alone clear to me in Jesus’ name. Do give me the grace to do your will and that alone in Jesus’ name. Help me Lord that I may finish well and strong in Jesus’ mighty name.
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