2 John 1
2 John 1:1-13
- John refers to himself as “the elder” and writes to a specific woman and her children (or could be a metaphor for the Church and believers).
- John, along with other believers, loves them because of the truth which is in us and will be with us forever.
- Grace, mercy, and peace are with us in truth and love from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
- John received great joy to find that some of the children were walking in the truth, and desired to remind that the goal is to love one another.
- Love is to obey what God has commanded and we have been called to walk in love.
- There are many deceivers in the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.
- John urges his audience to focus on the goal, so they might receive their reward in full.
- Those who “run ahead”, or think they have reached a higher level of knowledge/maturity than is found in teaching of Christ is not of God.
- If anyone comes claiming a teaching that does not include the Father and the Son, they should not be accepted. Those who accept share in their wicked work.
- John did not desire to write more as he wanted to have a more in-depth, face to face conversation about these things.
John lays down some pretty clear application. To claim to walk in love is to obey God’s commands. Though I’m not opposed to God’s commands, I still have room for improvement. If I claim to walk in love, I need to live it out.
Another thing John points out is that false doctrine should not be taken in/tolerated. When I hear others trying to push an agenda or something higher than Christ, I need to recognize their motives and not let them gain a foothold. If they claim Christ, I am called to gently restore them. If they do not claim Christ, I am called to be an ambassador on His behalf.
Jesus, I thank you for your servant John. It is so evident that you imprinted in him the desire to love you and to love others. Obeying you, proving/living out our love, was at the forefront of his mind. I pray that you would put the same conviction in me as I strive to obey your commands. I pray I would have a mind of love when I’m talking doctrine with people or being an ambassador to others, amen.
Posted on Fri, November 27, 2015
by Brian Landers