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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What you heard from the beginning

-->Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.
1 John 2:24 ESV

In this verse John is alluding to the teachings of the Apostles. He is writing to remind christians to live their lives in the teachings of the Apostles. If they live this way they will be living in Jesus and God. An intimate relationship with the Son and the Father only comes from being obedient to those original teachings.

Why would he want to remind the disciples of this? Because, there were already many false teachers bringing new and different teachings from what had been taught by the Apostles. Today the same thing is happening there are those that would teach new ways of being in Christ. Even though there is no such thing, these teachings persist.

Remember what Paul had to say about this; But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8 ESV Paul uses strong language, he wants believers to know that there are no new teachings.

If this was the teachings of the Apostles in the first century it stands to reason that those teachings have not changed. So, when we consider 1 John 2:24 we must realize that all that we need to know about Jesus, God's plan of Salvation and His church is to be found between the covers of our bibles and no place else. If we live our lives according to the Apostles teachings, we live in the Son and the Father.

So today, let's commit to learning what was handed down to us in the Word of God and pay no heed to those that would want us to believe something different.

© 2013 Leo J. Woodman