2Jn 1:9-11 “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. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
Regardless of who we are or how long we may have walked in the truth, we do not get a “pass” whenever we go contrary (transgress) and fail to remain (abide) in the instruction (doctrine) of God’s anointed (Christ). When we walk in a way that is not in keeping with what our Lord has told us, we are no longer holding to (hath) God. We cannot be disobedient to the teaching of Jesus and claim that God has shown us some other way.
Looking back at John’s counsel in the verses leading up to verse nine, he is again focused on the instruction that we should love one another. We cannot lay claim to being a disciple of Christ and fail to love His children. It is impossible for us to despise the doctrine of Christ and claim that we have God. Even though Saul declared himself zealous toward God in persecuting Christians (Act 22:3-4), he did not have God in the sense that John is writing here. As we have come into this day of grace, in order to have God we must abide in the instruction of Christ. When we abide in the instruction of Christ, we have both God the Father and God the Son.
We are not to take receive into our house any that come bearing something other than the instruction of Christ. This is not about inviting someone to step over our threshold; this is an injunction against entertaining a doctrine that is not of Christ. We are not under any circumstance to bid God speed to a doctrine of antichrist.
The term rendered “God speed” has as its root the same Greek word that was earlier rendered rejoice. It means to be “calmly happy.” We should not rejoice in any doctrine that is not of Christ, nor should we encourage anyone else to do so. We should declare the love, peace, and joy that exist in Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, reject anything that denies His doctrine.
A doctrine that is not of Jesus is, according to John, an evil (hurtful) deed. It is not just an unfortunate notion; there are harmful consequences to receiving those who do not bring the doctrine of Christ. Our peace and contentment in His work is dimmed when we bring men’s ideas into our house (lives). Rejoicing in these things is not passive on our part; we become partakers (distributors) of this hurt to others by doing so.
May we abide in the doctrine of Christ, rejoicing in the Father and the Son, and never bid God speed to any other way!