Scripture Reading: Malachi 3
For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Allusions to the stars—There is never a time when God turns from us, when His understanding of good and evil will shift. No change in understanding or will.
--God is always the same.
--People don’t like things to stay the same
And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.21 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
New thing—newer thing, even the new stuff was stale, give us newer! The very latest news.
Horror of the same old thing CS Lewis Screwtape,
What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in the state of mind I call “Christianity And”. You know – Christianity and the Crisis, Christianity and the New Psychology, Christianity and the New Order, Christianity and Faith Healing, Christianity and Vegetarianism, Christianity and Spelling Reform. If they must be Christians let them at least be Christians with a difference. Substitute for the faith itself some Fashion with a Christian coloring. Work on their horror of the Same Old Thing.
The horror of the Same Old Thing is one of the most valuable passions we have produced in the human heart – an endless source of heresies in religion, folly in counsel, infidelity in marriage, and inconstancy in friendship. The humans live in time, and experience reality successively. To experience much of it, therefore, they must experience many different things; in other words, they must experience change.
This demand [for new things] is valuable in various ways. In the first place it diminishes pleasure while increasing desire. The pleasure of novelty is by its very nature more subject than any other to the law of diminishing returns. And continued novelty costs money, so that the desire for it spells avarice or unhappiness or both.
Proverbs 22:28--Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Dealeth falsely—deals in falsehoods. Peace—treating the threat of judgment lightly, don’t worry, you’ll be fine. A doctor’s assurance in face of sickness. Stand in the way—stop and look around, consider where you’re going. Old paths—the worship of God, not idols which are new. Find the way of righteousness which leads to peace, rather than the broad road to destruction.
2 John 1:5,6
And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
From beginning—beginning of Gospel, beginning in OT, beginning of the world—God is love.
2 John 1:7-11
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker [fellowship with] of his evil deeds.
Hang on to what you had at the beginning, because false teachers are coming. Transgresseth—goes beyond the limits of Christian doctrine, to go on before. Abideth—stay and dwell. Don’t get friendly with false teachers. If you have fellowship with false teachers, you will also be fellowshipping in his evil.