Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 237/260: Read 2 John

What does the word “transgress” mean? Looking at verse 9 in different Bible versions and paraphrases is eye-opening. Here’s a brief selection:

  • “Goes on ahead” (English Standard Version).
  • “Goes too far” (New American Standard Bible).
  • “Runs ahead” (New International Version).
  • “So progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ” (The Message).

Give some thought to the way you live life, the way you serve Christ, and the way you worship God. Do you stick to His revealed will, or do you “go on ahead”? When it comes to the elements of worship, do you “go too far”? When you have a decision to make, do you pray to God or do you “run ahead”? Are you a person who is “so progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ”?

Progressiveness is harmful to the church when it rejects, ignores, or contradicts revealed truth. It can be sobering to look at how we are living life in the light of God’s Word, but it is so important to be sure we are living according to His precepts.

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

1 John 5:4. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.


Pray for the wisdom to live within the boundaries of God’s Word. Pray for strength to resist the temptation to “run ahead.”

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