(II JOHN 4-6). 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. Truth and obedience. Third John shows us what happens when people follow sound teaching . Believers are of the truth, which no doubt means that they belong to Jesus, who is the truth ( 1 John 3:19). Both "truth" and "love" are important. 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. Truth is objective. These teachers were the antichrists. 2. 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. 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." “Truth” in 2 John 1-4 is technically metonymy, the use of an associated element to refer to a larger concept. We live in such a busy world. Previously he pastored congregations in southern Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. For example, a teacher facing a class may say, “Now the only exit to this room is on the right.” (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. Everyone going to work, going to school, going somewhere. It is not what I wish were true or feel is true that determines what is true. 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. Truth is also correspondent in nature. 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). This letter repeats many themes from John’s first letter, and Second John reflects these themes as well. And this is love, that we walk according to His  commandments. 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. as if sincerity can make a wrong belief right. Demetrius. 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). An icon used to represent a menu that can be toggled by interacting with this icon. John commends those who were "walking in truth" and then tells us that this means keeping God's "commandments." 513-514). Get the latest blog posts from Life, Hope & Truth straight to your inbox. “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He [Christ] walked” (1 John 2:6). 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." clear what our position should be regarding the enemies of the truth They were denying that Jesus had come "in the flesh." In these first two sections we discover something else. 514.). 3. One is that we are to walk in love and this means keeping the commandments of God. He loves them "in truth." Believers are to love in both deed and in truth (i.e., "truly" 1 John 3:18). 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. 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." 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. Take a Tour. In Chinese Buddhism, the Madhyamaka position is accepted and the two truths refer to two ontological truths. In our English translations the Greek words "humas", "humin" are translated "you." For example, the use of the plural personal pronoun in the Greek in verses 10 and 12. 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. In Second John, the elder ( 2 Jn 1) briefly explains the relationship between the three: Love and truth. In other words, they denied that Jesus was God in human flesh. Where the first section emphasized the word "truth," this section elaborates. They lived and worked in the first century. The epistle (letter) called 2 John tells us it is from “the elder.”. The Bible says, “Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws” (Genesis 26:5). 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. Early Christians received the second epistle of John from the aged apostle in the latter quarter of the first century. The real test of faith and love comes in the application. 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” . 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). 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. It could mean that the people respected him as amature man. Second, John says all who "know the truth" would have the same love for this church as he does. Greetings to the elect lady (verses 1-3). The Bible does not use the term  "antichrist" to refer to some future world leader. His body was an illusion! Walking in the Truth - 2 John Sermon by Pastor Todd Riley on August 5, 2018. 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. The Bible states that God commanded Abraham to “walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1). 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. Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. If we push them aside substituting our own doctrines and practices, then we do not have God. There is a reason for that. 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." 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. 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." For further study, read the articles in the section “General Epistles.”. D. God's Word is truth - John 17:17. . It cannot! By faithfully and steadfastly walking along this way, we are doing “those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22). The patriarchs of old “walked” with God. The Greek word for “lady” is kuria, which is a feminine form of the masculine kurios, which means “master” or “lord.”. First, John says he loves the elect lady and her children. 514.) (John 1:14) So the truth is the life of Jesus – which is to be manifested in us. 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. 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). John uses the word "truth" no less than four times in just the salutation. John began this theme (in Chapter 2, Verse 18) on a rather negative note. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments. This letter stresses the need to walk in the commandments of God. This demonstrates Abraham’s willingness to walk with God in truth. By Jon W. Quinn From Expository Files 1.8; August, 1994. It makes us free. Sign up to receive the week's latest articles, blog posts and updates. Jesus is real! “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. and when they don’t: When Christians walk in truth, joy abounds (3 Jn 4). The apostle states: “Whoever transgresses and does not abide [continue, remain, endure] in the doctrine [teachings] of Christ does not have God. Yes! First, John says he loves the elect lady and her children. 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. 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… Third John is the shortest book of the Bible: only 219 words (in its original Greek). Truth is simply telling it like it is. The word “commandment(s)” is used four times; and the active verb “walk” or “walking,” three times. (II JOHN 1-3). Notice what John says concerning the "truth." John is pleased to see that some believers are sticking to the truth, but this implies that others are not. But the writer was an *elder overall the churches in a large area.Much of this letter is like John’s first letter. Each localchurch had its leaders who were the ‘elders’. They have "gone out into the world" showing that they were once within the church (cf. 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). In fact, the next time you ask someone how they a The epistle called 3 John concerns three individuals, and in this letter the apostle John sends an essential message to each of them: Gaius. To some, truth is subjective, the individual world of preference and opinion. (II JOHN 10,11). At any rate, Christians are prohibited from lending encouragement to false teachers. Presumably the Christian community to which he wrote knew who he was. God has spoken. Truth is the necessary condition of unity and, as a result, the basis of hospitality. John says, "and this is love, that we walk according to His commandments." The truth dwells in the faithful Christian. He wasn't really here! When two parties know the truth, love comes naturally. verses 4-6). If Jesus reigns on the throne of our hearts, then truth is the law of our lives. 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. Love is walking in God’s commandments (verses 4-6). The particular false teachers of John's day were called "deceivers" and "antichrists." Old Testament incidents and examples have been recorded for our benefit (Romans 15:4; 16:26; 1 Corinthians 10:11). First, truth corresponds to reality or “what is.” It is real. 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. Andre van Belkum currently serves as the pastor of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, in New Zealand and the Pacific region. New International Version Update. How does God refer to individuals who claim “I know Him” but refuse to “walk” in His ways? This is the deceiver and the antichrist. He says we can lose it all or we can receive it all; a full reward! He did not really die! 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). 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. “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. John places a great deal of importance and emphasis on preserving the biblical truth within the Church. God calls such people “liars” because the truth is not in them (1 John 2:4). (II JOHN 1-3). God desires to communicate with us. John wrote to "the chosen lady." As a short letter, 2 John doesn’t develop any one topic too deeply. 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. (2 Corinthians 4:10) When we compare His life to our own lives and see how enormously … 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. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" - John 14:6 [See Hebrews 1:1-3] Conclusion Diotrephes. (II JOHN 7-9). Here it means that the writer is a leader in 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. Our house sits very close to I-20 in SW Fort Worth and on busy mornings you can hear the hum of the highway. Truth is that which matches its object. Hence, “truth” refers to a particular body of truth, not a particular singular truth, but also not to all truth. "Just as you have heard from the beginning" John says. John cautions "watch yourselves" because it would be possible to "lose what we have accomplished." There are three ways that we can use the word ‘*elder’. God's communication is consistent with His nature. 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) All rights reserved. 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. How Should a Christian Deal With the Coronavirus Pandemic? Reality exists of two levels, a relative level and an absolute level. 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). 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. came into the world to “bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37). 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." John refers to the "elect lady" as "you all." There are two main points which John makes in the letter. “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. 2 John 1-3 So, What is the Truth? It appears that this is a personification of a church and not a literal lady. This includes Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Noah, who “was a just man … [and] walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). For a quick link to all the other books of the Bible, see “Books of the Bible” on the Learning Center. Some note that the brevity of the book can actually be a sign of its authenticity. In other words, it matches its object and is known by its referent. One element of this body of truth is that it is true. We must follow the truth and have love for God and one another in order to receive the blessings. It is not unusual for the Scripture to do so (EPHESIANS 5:22f; II CORINTHIANS 11:2; etc.). We must be loyal to the way, the truth and the life. Busy, busy, busy. If we go beyond the teaching, or doctrine of Christ, then we forfeit our relationship with God. 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. 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. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9, emphasis added throughout). 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 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 … Expository Files 1.8 ; August, 1994 and one another how should a Christian with.: when Christians walk in it. place to stay articles in the teaching Christ! A difference of opinion on this point benefit ( Romans 15:4 ; 16:26 ; 1 CORINTHIANS 10:11.! 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