Message From 2 John ‘Truth And Love’

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Second John is the second shortest book in the New Testament. It is only 245 words in the original Greek text, and it would easily fit on a single piece of papyrus. I t is an excellent example of persuasive discourse.

John is still dealing with the same problems, that he was talking about in First John, the problem of false teachers. In this letter The apostle is concerned with the traveling false teachers, who are seeking to make converts in the different churches, that are under John’s authority.

The ‘Elect lady” most likely a reference to the local church.

Quoting 2 John verse 1, 2 and 3 from the Message Bible.

“My dear congregation, I, your pastor {John}, love you in very truth, and I’m not alone – everyone who knows the TRUTH that has taken up permanent residence in us loves you. Let Grace, Mercy. and Peace be with us in TRUTH, and Love from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, Son of the father.”

The word “TRUTH” is found five times is this short letter of thirteen verses. It is the key word. Love also occurs five times. TRUTH AND LOVE are inseparable.

John tells his children {congregation} to firstly walk in Love, secondly to Obey the commandments, and thirdly Love one another and fourthly guard the Teaching of Christ.  If they do all these things they will not be deceived by the antichrist.

Something to contemplate about, from the book.

Jesus can love us without our loving Him back, but without our loving back, His joy isn’t full. In that way, He needs our love. What do you think about the fact that Jesus needs your love? What impact does it have on you to know that there’s a place in His heart that only you can fill? How does it change the way you think about prayer {communication with Him}.

The second epistle of John is a wonderful reference of encouragement as well as a warning of false teachers.

Read it and enjoy it for the excitement it can add to our faith.

God Bless

O F J

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