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December 19 - Morning

"I am writing these things to you about those who
are trying to lead you astray.
 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you,
and you do not need anyone to teach you.
But as his anointing teaches you about all things
 and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just
as it has taught you, remain in him.

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that
when he appears we may be confident and
unashamed before him at his coming."

- First John 2:26-28

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No New Teaching! Stay in the Truth You Have!!    

John is addressing a group of believers in 85 AD who are likely leaders within the church. These believers have been under fire to accept some new teaching and new revelation that was not part
of Jesus' teaching or the revelation given to his apostles. Peter (died 64 AD) and Paul (died 67 AD) had been dead for twenty years, yet some false teachers were bringing additional teaching into the churches. John assures his readers that the information they have already been given is adequate
and he identifies the motives of these false teachers:

"I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you."
- First John 2:26-27

A desire to hear and teach new doctrine is a sign of pagan religion and Greek philosophy that is constantly being altered and adjusted in an unending search for truth. Truth has been
established from eternity past and has been revealed in Scripture through the prophets and apostles:

"Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him,

'May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.'

(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)" - Acts 17:19-21

Paul tells Timothy that in the church age there will be a time when the church will turn from the
truth to hear new teaching, but in this attempt to imitate the world's pursuit of "truth" the church
will be "always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth":

"...loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth...these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected....For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths." - 2 Timothy 3:6-8; 4:3-4

John assures his readers that they "do not need anyone to teach you," which means they do not
need anyone to teach them new revelation, new ideas or new doctrine since they have already
been taught the Truth. They have had access to the teachings of Jesus and to the Word of God
given through his apostles for the last 25-55 years. There is no new revelation concerning the
eternal Truth. The problem is people do not know the Truth that has already been given or that
they are looking for another version of the truth.

John urges the believers to "remain in him" and "continue in him" which means stay with the Word revealed in Scripture. John's reason for continuing "in him" is,

"that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming."

  Christian Quote from Church History

"I have served Christ eighty-six years and He has done me
no wrong. How can I blaspheme my King?
I am a Christian."
- Polycarp, 156 AD




Something to Ponder??

Christopher Columbus believed his journey towards the west across the Atlantic Ocean fulfilled a prophecy from Isaiah 46:11 that said:

"From the east I summon a bird of prey;
    from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
    what I have planned, that I will do."

Colombus wrote in his book entitled, "A Book of Propohecies," that:
"neither logic nor mathematics aided me. Rather, the prophecy of Isaiah was completely fulfilled."

This is an interesting perspective of an attempt to force prophetic events into contemporary events.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Yada (Hb) - Know (Eng) - yada is the Hebrew verb with a root meaning of "to know."
This word is used 872 times in th Hebrew Old Testament so it has many things and a variety
of ways to yada. Facts can be known, but also people can be known. People can be known
through sharing a relationship, but also a person's character can be yada.
In Hosea 6:3 yada is used to say "acknowldege":

"Let us acknowledge (yada) the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.”

- Hosea 6:3

  The Jewish Historian Josephus (who wrote between 70-90 AD) writes about John the Baptist. His account agrees with the biblical account. Part of his documentation says:
"...a very just punishment for what he did against John called the baptist. For Herod had him killed, although he was a good man and urged the Jews to exert themselves to John, out of Herod's suspiciousness, was sent in chains to Machaerus." (Antiquities
(more here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I seek the Scriptures, or am I looking for something more relevant to my life?
The Scriptures are the source of God's eternal Truth and his revelation given to man
for salvation, renewal and maturity of the soul.
  "The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble."
- Proverbs 19:23
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

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