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    What is the work we lose in 2 John 1:8?


    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    2 John 1 NIV

    “7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. “

    John is saying that the Apostles have worked to tell people about God, who came down from heaven and was born of a woman to become a Man so that He could die for our sins. He then says “ Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for,”. The Apostles worked to see these people saved by the blood of Jesus. BUT if they accept the teaching that Jesus did not become a man then they can not be saved by His blood.

    John continues: 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God. If anyone does not have God they are not born again of the spirit and are not saved.

    John states a passage that agrees with this in 1 John 4:

    1 John 4 NIV

    On Denying the Incarnation

    4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

    A Sinner Saved by Grace Alone

    A Bond Servant of Jesus

    Lou Newton
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