Abiding in the teachings about Christ means the difference between religious thinking and religion that is pure and faultless- shown in our actions to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep ourselves unspotted by the world system (see James 1). The difference between deception and authentic faith is abiding in Jesus Christ our Savior. Those who are deceived have run ahead conjuring ideas that amaze the masses. Remaining true to our Lord’s life and ministry, we are able to be part of both the Father’s will and the Son’s human touch. -Teresa
2 John 1:7-11 (ESV)
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we[a] have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.