I pray that you will continue to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. May you hold to His teaching, relying and trusting in it with your life, for in doing so, you are really His disciple. May you also teach others of His laws and decrees. I pray that in everything that you do you will bear much fruit, showing yourself to be Jesus' disciple, for this is to the glory of His Father. May the fruit of the Spirit be exemplified in your life, and may you bear fruit that will last. May God continue to strengthen you, as you follow Christ.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
ENEMIES OF THE CROSS
Many walk, of who I have told you often, and now tell you weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.
The most dangerous enemies to the cause of Christ are not those who openly oppose the gospel, but those who pretend to be friends of Christ, claim to identify with Him, and in some cases, reach positions of spiritual leadership.
Being on guard against hidden enemies is a constant theme in the New Testament. Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matt. 7:15). He also predicted that in the last days “many false prophets will rise up and deceive many” (Matt. 24:11).
The apostle Paul was constantly dealing with the influence of false teachers. He warned the Ephesian elders: “Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:31). Do you want to know how to acquire the ability to discern enemies of the cross? Know the Word. If you don’t know the Word, you are open to being misled.
~ John MacArthur ~