2 John 1:6 Parallel Verses [â See commentary â] 2 John 1:6, NIV: "And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love." They were denying that Jesus had come "in the flesh." As a short letter, 2 John doesnât develop any one topic too deeply. The reason for the great amount of attention given to truth, the commandments and obeying them is the very real danger which existed (and exists today) of being destroyed by a false teacher. The epistle called 3 John concerns three individuals, and in this letter the apostle John sends an essential message to each of them: Gaius. “Such truth ‘will be with us forever’ because it comes from the ‘Spirit of Truth’ [which] will ‘be with you forever’ (John 14:16) and because its acceptance leads to eternal life” (Expositor’s Bible Commentary, revised edition, p. First, John says he loves the elect lady and her children. (II JOHN 4-6). Even among the rest of the early Christians, the number of those who had actually seen Jesus was dwindling down to only a few, and it would not be long until no one would be left from the generation which had witnessed the Savior. Truth is objective. 2. In other words, they denied that Jesus was God in human flesh. In these first two sections we discover something else. The world is back at it. There are three ways that we can use the word â*elderâ. The Bible does not use the term "antichrist" to refer to some future world leader. He did not really die! "Just as you have heard from the beginning" John says. Third, John says that the truth "abides in us" and that it will be with us "forever." He wasn't really here! One writer, who believes it is impossible to fall from grace, said these people were in danger of losing "part of the reward at the judgment seat of Christ." We must be loyal to the way, the truth and the life. Or perhaps Christians are being told not to allow a traveling false teacher a place to stay. Yes! Brief Summary: John is writing with his usual strong emphasis on truth to this much-loved brother in Christ, Gaius, a layman of some wealth and distinction in a city near Ephesus. Good morning and happy Monday. "Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father, in truth and love..." (II JOHN 3). Most scholars accept the long tradition that “the elder” mentioned in the opening verse was the elderly apostle John, as the writing reflects a voice of loving authority, and therefore suggests that the author is more than a local elder or member of the Church of God. If we push them aside substituting our own doctrines and practices, then we do not have God. Early Christians received the second epistle of John from the aged apostle in the latter quarter of the first century. God desires to communicate with us. John warns (4:2), âBy this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from Godâ (see also, 2 John 7). Love is walking in God’s commandments (verses 4-6). We must continue to abide in the teaching of Christ to maintain our relationship with Him and the Father. In our English translations the Greek words "humas", "humin" are translated "you." “The very shortness of these two letters [2 John and 3 John] is the best guarantee of their genuineness. One element of this body of truth is that it is true. John refers to the "elect lady" as "you all." Do not even wish them well in their work, because whatever encouragement or support we may give them will only serve to aid in the accomplishment of evil. In fact, the next time you ask someone how they a New International Version Update. Truth is that which matches its object. (John 1:14) So the truth is the life of Jesus â which is to be manifested in us. verses 4-6). It has already been determined. The truth that originates with God is not a temporary, passing phenomenon, but is “the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever” (2 John 2). This includes Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Noah, who “was a just man … [and] walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). SALUTATION: A MATTER OF TRUTH "The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth, for the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love." You can imagine the esteem with which the early Christians would have viewed the last surviving apostle; one who had actually walked and talked with the Lord. It shows itself through his or her deeds, thoughts and words. God's communication is consistent with His nature. These teachers were the antichrists. This demonstrates Abraham’s willingness to walk with God in truth. For example, in 1 John 1:8 we read: "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (italics added). We must follow the truth and have love for God and one another in order to receive the blessings. (II JOHN 7-9). 2 John 1:6, ESV: "And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it." The patriarchs of old “walked” with God. First, truth corresponds to reality or âwhat is.â It is real. 514.). Truth will be with us forever. It could mean that the people respected him as amature man. We live in such a busy world. Second, John says all who "know the truth" would have the same love for this church as he does. John began this theme (in Chapter 2, Verse 18) on a rather negative note. He referred to himself as "the elder" and is certainly the last apostle living at the time. “The letters we call 2 and 3 John are similar in words, style, ideas, and character to 1 John, and must have been written by the same author, who refers to himself simply as ‘the elder’” (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary, p. 754—see 2 John 1:1; 3 John 1:1). clear what our position should be regarding the enemies of the truth Used by permission. In Second John, the elder ( 2 Jn 1) briefly explains the relationship between the three: Love and truth. In a prayer to His Father before His crucifixion, Jesus Christ stated, “Your word is truth,” a clear reference to the inspired Word of God—the Bible (John 17:17). Warning against religious deceivers (verses 7-11). 2 John 1-4 1 The Elder, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, 2 because of the truth which abides in â¦ The apostle states: “Whoever transgresses and does not abide [continue, remain, endure] in the doctrine [teachings] of Christ does not have God. Truth refers to the basics or fundamentals of the faith that John has discussed in 1 John (sound belief in Christ, obedience, love), as well as the truths expressed in 2 John (e.g. The truth that originates with God is not a temporary, passing phenomenon, but is âthe truth which abides in us and will be with us foreverâ (2 John 2). Some say truth is a power play, a metanarrative constructed by the elite for the purpose of controlling the ignorant masses. Diotrephes. How foolish and prideful to tamper with the truth by seeking to alter the commandments of God to fit our own cultures and fads and opinions. 2 John is being written to warn a âsisterâ congregation some distance away of the missionary efforts of the secessionist false teachers, and the dangers of welâ¦ âSuch truth âwill be with us foreverâ because it comes from the âSpirit of Truthâ [which] will âbe with you foreverâ (John 14:16) and because its acceptance leads to eternal lifeâ ( Expositorâs Bible Commentary, revised edition, p. Doctrine does matter! His word is true! In other words, it matches its object and is known by its referent. It could meanthat the person was old. Abraham enthusiastically responded to God’s command. When we "know the truth" of what we are as brothers and sisters in Christ; when we "know the truth" of God's great love for us; when we "know the truth" of what it is to bear God's image as His offspring, then we will love one another as God has loved us. Others believe truth is a collective judgment, the product of cultural consensus, and still others flatly deny the concept of truth altogether. The Bible identifies truth as a quality intrinsic to the very nature of God. The real test of faith and love comes in the application. This is the test and challenge confronting true Christians! It appears that this is a personification of a church and not a literal lady. But John says nothing about losing a part of anything. Take a Tour. Truth is the necessary condition of unity and, as a result, the basis of hospitality. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANOTHER'S EVIL DEEDS "If anyone comes to you, and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds." The letter encourages them to continue walking in truth, in the love of God and love of one another. Believers are to love in both deed and in truth (i.e., "truly" 1 John 3:18). When two parties know the truth, love comes naturally. Walking in the Truth - 2 John Sermon by Pastor Todd Riley on August 5, 2018. Hence, âtruthâ refers to a particular body of truth, not a particular singular truth, but also not to all truth. Today many like to say, "It does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere." WARNINGS ABOUT FALSE TEACHERS "For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. It was "forever." came into the world to âbear witness to the truthâ (John 18:37). Just as in the Gospel of John the author does not explicitly identify himself with the Apostle John, so here he prefers the designation the elder. He is concerned over the influence of false teachers, using strong terms to reject their teachings. John uses the word "truth" no less than four times in just the salutation. The book of 2 John is addressed to the “elect lady and her children.”. God breathed is Word into existence - 2 Timothy 3:16; E. Jesus embodies truth - John 14:6. The truth dwells in the faithful Christian. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. They are so brief … that no one would have gone to the trouble of inventing them and of attaching them to the name of John. That is to say he loves the church (the elect lady) to which he is writing as a whole as well as the individual members (her children) who make it up. In Chinese Buddhism, the Madhyamaka position is accepted and the two truths refer to two ontological truths. Third John shows us what happens when people follow sound teaching . John loves those who know the truth, because the truth âabidesâ in them ( 2 Jn 1â2 ). Each localchurch had its leaders who were the âeldersâ. Old Testament incidents and examples have been recorded for our benefit (Romans 15:4; 16:26; 1 Corinthians 10:11). It makes us free. Andre van Belkum currently serves as the pastor of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, in New Zealand and the Pacific region. And notice something else, though it had been many years since Jesus had ascended back into heaven and the gospel began to be proclaimed on the day of Pentecost, the commandments were the same as when the twelve had stood up and preached the first gospel sermon proclaiming Jesus as the Christ. They said that that which was divine could not become material flesh. Truth is simply telling it like it is. Where the first section emphasized the word "truth," this section elaborates. For example, the use of the plural personal pronoun in the Greek in verses 10 and 12. . as if sincerity can make a wrong belief right. Read the Bible; Reading Plans ... 2 John 2. Greetings to the elect lady (verses 1-3). The Greek word for “lady” is kuria, which is a feminine form of the masculine kurios, which means “master” or “lord.”. John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever--2 Peter 1:12 Therefore I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you now have. All rights reserved. As Christians, we are to endeavor to actively walk in obedience to God’s commandments with our whole being, trusting in Him to help, support and mercifully forgive us upon repentance when we realize we have fallen short. This letter stresses the need to walk in the commandments of God. Never miss a post! How does God refer to individuals who claim “I know Him” but refuse to “walk” in His ways? For example, a teacher facing a class may say, âNow the only exit to this room is on the right.â The Bible states that God commanded Abraham to “walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1). 514.) Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" - John 14:6 [See Hebrews 1:1-3] Conclusion Demetrius. Third John is the shortest book of the Bible: only 219 words (in its original Greek). Here we observe that the expression which we are considering in 2:4b is applied by the inspired writer to US--i.e., to himself and his Christian readers. Print subscriptions available in U.S., Canada and Europe, Article URL: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/holy-bible/new-testament/general-epistles/2-john/, Historical Background of the New Testament Resources. But the writer was an *elder overall the churches in a large area.Much of this letter is like Johnâs first letter. If we go beyond the teaching, or doctrine of Christ, then we forfeit our relationship with God. To some, truth is subjective, the individual world of preference and opinion. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son." God has spoken. Fourth, The blessings of God; His grace, mercy and peace, will be with us "in truth and love." WALKING IN THE TRUTH "I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment from the Father. There are two main points which John makes in the letter. He became known as “the friend of God” (James 2:23; Isaiah 41:8), taking his rightful place among the biblical examples of living faith (Hebrews 11:8-10). One is that we are to walk in love and this means keeping the commandments of God. I JOHN 2:19). (II JOHN 10,11). Notice what John says concerning the "truth." The context suggests that "the elect lady" is not a single person but a group of people. An icon used to represent a menu that can be toggled by interacting with this icon. Of course, this does not mean that the Old Testament is not concerned with truthâmerely that the New Testament has a special emphasis on the truth of Jesus. The Bible says, “Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws” (Genesis 26:5). There is a difference of opinion on this point. The false teacher must be shown that his teaching is unacceptable. The truth is being threatened by false teachers. “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He [Christ] walked” (1 John 2:6). Our house sits very close to I-20 in SW Fort Worth and on busy mornings you can hear the hum of the highway. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9, emphasis added throughout). As in his first two epistles, John continues to stress the importance of âthe truthâ and how he was filled with joy when he heard of those who âwalk in the truthâ . This letter repeats many themes from Johnâs first letter, and Second John reflects these themes as well. If it is true that the "elect lady" is a church, then "house" here could be the place where the saints assemble to worship. His body was an illusion! Presumably the Christian community to which he wrote knew who he was. Certainly both are true. They lived and worked in the first century. At any rate, Christians are prohibited from lending encouragement to false teachers. It cannot! D. God's Word is truth - John 17:17. John uses the word "truth" no less than four times in just the salutation. How Should a Christian Deal With the Coronavirus Pandemic? 2 John is a short letter from John the Elder to someone called âthe elect ladyâ and her children. It is not what I wish were true or feel is true that determines what is true. The word “commandment(s)” is used four times; and the active verb “walk” or “walking,” three times. And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. Truth and obedience. John says, "and this is love, that we walk according to His commandments." First, John says he loves the elect lady and her children. The second is a warning not to give encouragement to false teachers. 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