Take a Tour. This letter stresses the need to walk in the commandments of God. Third, John says that the truth "abides in us" and that it will be with us "forever." We must follow the truth and have love for God and one another in order to receive the blessings. Walking in the Truth - 2 John Sermon by Pastor Todd Riley on August 5, 2018. D. God's Word is truth - John 17:17. 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). Andre van Belkum currently serves as the pastor of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, in New Zealand and the Pacific region. If Jesus reigns on the throne of our hearts, then truth is the law of our lives. Our house sits very close to I-20 in SW Fort Worth and on busy mornings you can hear the hum of the highway. And to the enemies of truth; to those who mock it and desire it to disappear, we have this bit of bad news; the truth will be with us forever. An icon used to represent a menu that can be toggled by interacting with this icon. John Was And Is Very Special; We Should Pay Attention To Everything He Wrote In This Letter; Yeshua Is The Life That Appeared; Encouragement To Have Fellowship With The Father And Son And True… How Should a Christian Deal With the Coronavirus Pandemic? 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. His word is true! Others believe truth is a collective judgment, the product of cultural consensus, and still others flatly deny the concept of truth altogether. This letter repeats many themes from John’s first letter, and Second John reflects these themes as well. Second, John says all who "know the truth" would have the same love for this church as he does. But John says nothing about losing a part of anything. He highly commends Gaius' care and hospitality to his messengers whose mission was to take the Gospel from place to place, whether they were known to him or were strangers. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments. A standard papyrus sheet measured ten by eight inches and the length of these letters would each take up almost exactly one sheet” (Barclay’s Daily Study Bible: The Letters of John and Jude, 1976, p. 127). All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version (© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.). 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 … As in his first two epistles, John continues to stress the importance of “the truth” and how he was filled with joy when he heard of those who “walk in the truth” . The Bible does not use the term  "antichrist" to refer to some future world leader. Everyone going to work, going to school, going somewhere. (II JOHN 4-6). I JOHN 2:19). Presumably the Christian community to which he wrote knew who he was. 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. It could meanthat the person was old. (II JOHN 1-3). Believers are of the truth, which no doubt means that they belong to Jesus, who is the truth ( 1 John 3:19). The particular false teachers of John's day were called "deceivers" and "antichrists." New International Version Update. Greetings to the elect lady (verses 1-3). came into the world to “bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37). If we go beyond the teaching, or doctrine of Christ, then we forfeit our relationship with God. For a quick link to all the other books of the Bible, see “Books of the Bible” on the Learning Center. “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). Where the first section emphasized the word "truth," this section elaborates. It shows itself through his or her deeds, thoughts and words. “Truth” in 2 John 1-4 is technically metonymy, the use of an associated element to refer to a larger concept. 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.In this short epistle of 13 verses, John uses the word “truth” five times and “love” four times. 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." Read the Bible; Reading Plans ... 2 John 2. Some assume that this is a reference to a church congregation and its spiritual children, while others contend that it is a particular lady who was a member of the Church of God. The epistle called 3 John concerns three individuals, and in this letter the apostle John sends an essential message to each of them: Gaius. The apostle states: “Whoever transgresses and does not abide [continue, remain, endure] in the doctrine [teachings] of Christ does not have God. The word “commandment(s)” is used four times; and the active verb “walk” or “walking,” three times. 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). It makes us free. The Bible says, “Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws” (Genesis 26:5). By faithfully and steadfastly walking along this way, we are doing “those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22). We live in such a busy world. Both "truth" and "love" are important. 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." Early Christians received the second epistle of John from the aged apostle in the latter quarter of the first century. Get the latest blog posts from Life, Hope & Truth straight to your inbox. First, truth corresponds to reality or “what is.” It is real. It appears that this is a personification of a church and not a literal lady. 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. One element of this body of truth is that it is true. In these first two sections we discover something else. Truth - 2 John 2 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth "because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever." To some, truth is subjective, the individual world of preference and opinion. Demetrius. In other words, it matches its object and is known by its referent. The false teacher must be shown that his teaching is unacceptable. Other New Testament writers agree: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22; see also Romans 2:13). “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. The world is back at it. Some note that the brevity of the book can actually be a sign of its authenticity. He wasn't really here! John uses the word "truth" no less than four times in just the salutation. John places a great deal of importance and emphasis on preserving the biblical truth within the Church. 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. The basic message of Christianity is termed "the truth, " and believers know the truth, and can discern that no lie is of the truth ( 1 John 2:4 1 John 2:21). To “walk” in truth before God means striving to follow and imitate the example Christ set: “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” (1 John 2:6). In Second John, the elder ( 2 Jn 1) briefly explains the relationship between the three: Love and truth. Good morning and happy Monday. "Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father, in truth and love..." (II JOHN 3). John loves those who know the truth, because the truth “abides” in them ( 2 Jn 1–2 ). 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. 2 John – Walking In the Truth “This epistle is more remarkable for the spirit of Christian love which it breathes than for anything else. 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. By Jon W. Quinn From Expository Files 1.8; August, 1994. The truth is being threatened by false teachers. Third John is the shortest book of the Bible: only 219 words (in its original Greek). At the start of the letter, the writer calls himself the‘*elder’. But the writer was an *elder overall the churches in a large area.Much of this letter is like John’s first letter. We must continue to abide in the teaching of Christ to maintain our relationship with Him and the Father. “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He [Christ] walked” (1 John 2:6). The Bible states that God commanded Abraham to “walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1). This view that John is addressing a congregation is further supported by the fact that in some verses (6, 8, 10, 12) the plural is used when addressing the kuria, and therefore it is most likely a reference to a church rather than a specific person. . As a result, he encouraged them to continue walking in the truth, thereby renouncing false teachers attempting to introduce beliefs contrary to the true doctrines Christ established in His Church. The epistle (letter) called 2 John tells us it is from “the elder.”. When two parties know the truth, love comes naturally. Today many like to say, "It does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere." John cautions "watch yourselves" because it would be possible to "lose what we have accomplished." This includes Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Noah, who “was a just man … [and] walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). There is a reason for that. This is the test and challenge confronting true Christians! For example, a teacher facing a class may say, “Now the only exit to this room is on the right.” Truth is objective. . "Just as you have heard from the beginning" John says. All rights reserved. He referred to himself as "the elder" and is  certainly the last apostle living at the time. John is pleased to see that some believers are sticking to the truth, but this implies that others are not. John “rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.” He also wrote, “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. (II JOHN 1-3). And this is love, that we walk according to His  commandments. John warns (4:2), “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God” (see also, 2 John 7). He is concerned over the influence of false teachers, using strong terms to reject their teachings. 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). The real test of faith and love comes in the application. 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. (II JOHN 7-9). This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it” (2 John 4, 6). And it is through the truth that true Christians are “sanctified” (John 17:19), which means “the setting apart of the believer for God” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words). Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" - John 14:6 [See Hebrews 1:1-3] Conclusion (John 1:14) So the truth is the life of Jesus – which is to be manifested in us. He talked about heresies, about perversions of the truth, about the distortions and counterfeits that will exist from time to time, in cycles, throughout history. 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." The truth dwells in the faithful Christian. There is a difference of opinion on this point. 2 John 1:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 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." And now I ask you, lady, not as writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 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. For further study, read the articles in the section “General Epistles.”. This demonstrates Abraham’s willingness to walk with God in truth. This is the commandment that you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it." 2 John is being written to warn a “sister” congregation some distance away of the missionary efforts of the secessionist false teachers, and the dangers of wel… It is not unusual for the Scripture to do so (EPHESIANS 5:22f; II CORINTHIANS 11:2; etc.). Fourth, The blessings of God; His grace, mercy and peace, will be with us "in truth and love." One is that we are to walk in love and this means keeping the commandments of God. 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. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 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. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9, emphasis added throughout). God desires to communicate with us. John was concerned that the members were being deceived into rejecting the truth of God and replacing truth with human-devised dogmas. At any rate, Christians are prohibited from lending encouragement to false teachers. “First, it is unclear whether John is referring specifically to an individual or metaphorically to an entire congregation,” according to The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. There are two main points which John makes in the letter. Pastor John Miller begins a study through the Book of 2 John with an expository message titled “Walking in Truth” using 2 John 1:1-13 as his text. Diotrephes. It contains scarcely anything that is not found in the preceding; and out of the thirteen verses there are at least eight which are found, either in so many words or in sentiment, precisely the same with those of the first epistle.” (Adam Clarke) as if sincerity can make a wrong belief right. “Most modern commentators, however, conclude that ‘the Elect Lady’ is a general reference to an entire congregation, so that ‘her children’ are the individual members of the congregation” (revised edition, pp. Yes! Truth will be with us forever. They lived and worked in the first century. It could mean that the people respected him as amature man. John refers to the "elect lady" as "you all." If we push them aside substituting our own doctrines and practices, then we do not have God. The second is a warning not to give encouragement to false teachers. First, John says he loves the elect lady and her children. Truth is the necessary condition of unity and, as a result, the basis of hospitality. Used by permission. The elect lady and her children refers to a particular local church at some distance from the community where the author is living at the time. It was "forever." There are three ways that we can use the word ‘*elder’. clear what our position should be regarding the enemies of the truth We must be loyal to the way, the truth and the life. Truth is simply telling it like it is. It has already been determined. John says, "and this is love, that we walk according to His commandments." Hence, “truth” refers to a particular body of truth, not a particular singular truth, but also not to all truth. The truth is being threatened by false teachers. The letter encourages them to continue walking in truth, in the love of God and love of one another. Or perhaps Christians are being told not to allow a traveling false teacher a place to stay. Truth is that which matches its object. 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. 513-514). 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." Truth is also correspondent in nature. (II JOHN 10,11). He loves them "in truth." Believers are to love in both deed and in truth (i.e., "truly" 1 John 3:18). First, John says he loves the elect lady and her children. These teachers were the antichrists. In Chinese Buddhism, the Madhyamaka position is accepted and the two truths refer to two ontological truths. If it is true that the "elect lady" is a church, then "house" here could be the place where the saints assemble to worship. Warning against religious deceivers (verses 7-11). In other words, they denied that Jesus was God in human flesh. 514.) God has spoken. However, these words are more like our southern expression "you all." Notice what John says concerning the "truth." It cannot! (2 Corinthians 4:10) When we compare His life to our own lives and see how enormously … Certainly both are true. 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. They were denying that Jesus had come "in the flesh." The context suggests that "the elect lady" is not a single person but a group of people. There is a reason for that. It is not what I wish were true or feel is true that determines what is true. Truth and obedience. Doctrine does matter! The Bible identifies truth as a quality intrinsic to the very nature of God. John wrote to "the chosen lady." 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." 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. God calls such people “liars” because the truth is not in them (1 John 2:4). As a short letter, 2 John doesn’t develop any one topic too deeply. Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. In our English translations the Greek words "humas", "humin" are translated "you." Sign up to receive the week's latest articles, blog posts and updates. Jesus is real! 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. This could mean one of two things: either he loves them sincerely or that he loves them as they both stand in the Lord's truth. God's communication is consistent with His nature. Notice what John says concerning the "truth." Abraham enthusiastically responded to God’s command. Busy, busy, busy. 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. Each localchurch had its leaders who were the ‘elders’. 2 John is a short letter from John the Elder to someone called ‘the elect lady’ and her children. They said that that which was divine could not become material flesh. John began this theme (in Chapter 2, Verse 18) on a rather negative note. John uses the word "truth" no less than four times in just the salutation. How does God refer to individuals who claim “I know Him” but refuse to “walk” in His ways? “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. Some say truth is a power play, a metanarrative constructed by the elite for the purpose of controlling the ignorant masses. John commends those who were "walking in truth" and then tells us that this means keeping God's "commandments." 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). They have "gone out into the world" showing that they were once within the church (cf. 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. He did not really die! The book of 2 John is addressed to the “elect lady and her children.”. verses 4-6). Of course, this does not mean that the Old Testament is not concerned with truth—merely that the New Testament has a special emphasis on the truth of Jesus. Reality exists of two levels, a relative level and an absolute level. The patriarchs of old “walked” with God. Previously he pastored congregations in southern Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. In fact, it … 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. 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. The Greek word for “lady” is kuria, which is a feminine form of the masculine kurios, which means “master” or “lord.”. (2 John 3–5) According to John, love plus truth equals an environment in which “grace, mercy and peace will be with us.” Regrettably, we often act as though grace, mercy, and peace depend on love minus truth. Third John shows us what happens when people follow sound teaching . and when they don’t: When Christians walk in truth, joy abounds (3 Jn 4). Love is walking in God’s commandments (verses 4-6). He says we can lose it all or we can receive it all; a full reward! In fact, the next time you ask someone how they a God breathed is Word into existence - 2 Timothy 3:16; E. Jesus embodies truth - John 14:6. For example, the use of the plural personal pronoun in the Greek in verses 10 and 12. 3. 2. Never miss a post! His body was an illusion! Here it means that the writer is a leader in the church. 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