As our 2 John letter draws to a close, John begins to give specific instructions to the church in how we deal with this problem.
2 John 8-9 (NKJV)
8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.
9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
John says to the church, watch yourselves. Continue reading
2 John begins to address disobedience and obedience, Gnosticism, False teachers, and the spirit of the antichrist. We are told to hold onto the truth that has been taught from the beginning.
In scripture, love is a verb, not a noun. Love isn’t something we feel for God; love is something we demonstrate to God through obedience. Continue reading
We continue with 2 John. John’s greeting to the church has great significance in the words he chooses to use.
Next, John extends his greeting to the church
2 John 3 (NKJV)
3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
John expresses grace, mercy, and peace for all believers in his greeting. Grace, mercy, peace—Those words are pillars of the Christian faith and they rest on a foundation of Christ. John says these 3 things come by the Father by way of the Son in truth and love. Together, they describe a path of reconciliation that brings us to God. Continue reading
John’s second letter is a mere 13 verses. Don’t let that fool you. 2 John offers multiple points of spiritual wisdom every Christian should understand.
Today we start a new study of 2nd John. It is among the shorter works of the canon. You may be wondering do we need to study 1st John before we study 2nd John & 3rd John. Are they dependent upon one another? The answer is no. We see, for example, in Paul’s letters that his letters were typically named after the recipient, Rome, Corinth, Galatia, etc. But John’s letters carry only numbers, Which is why some maybe begin to assume this means there is an order implied to the letters. The answer is no, John’s letters are no more dependent on one to another than Paul’s letters or even Peter’s letters for that matter. Continue reading