February 29th 2016
Face to Face Fellowship with Other Christians Is Important
Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full. (2 John 12 KJV)
This day and age we are bombarded with many kinds of electronic communications and face to face conversations are becoming few and far between. These advances in technology have forever changed communication. This change is not always necessarily for the good of man or for understanding deep things of God.
The Apostle John desired to meet in person with new believers in his second epistle. He felt he had so much to teach them, warn them about, needing to expound upon God’s truths and he was not satisfied to simply write deeper exhortations upon papyrus leaves and sent it to them by an impersonal messenger as was the custom of more simple messages in ancient biblical times.
Rather John desired to greet these new Christians face to face and expound upon them these great truths and principals from God in a more personal manner. John was content to wait at the mercy of God, trusting Him to make a personal visit with these new Christians possible according to His timing and will.
Some deeper truths and principles of God are so personal in nature that delivering them face to face is often more desirable than relying upon impersonal electronic means so prevalent in our world today.