Day 358: 2 John

(This is Part 1 for Day 358. The letters 3 John and Jude also posted on this same day as Parts 2 and 3 for Day 358.)

(Like John's first epistle, this second epistle was believed to have been written from Ephesus around 90 AD. This second epistle was written to a specific person...)

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1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all they that know the truth;
2 for the truth's sake which abideth in us, and it shall be with us for ever:

(The "lady" was unknown but notice she was considered "elect" which meant "saved/selected in response to the excellence of the person." John stated that the reason he loved the "lady" was because of "truth". In John's first epistle we saw that truth is the Holy Spirit.)

3 Grace, mercy, peace shall be with us, from God the Father, and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

(Three effects of God abiding in us: grace, mercy, and peace.)

4 I rejoice greatly that I have found certain of thy children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father.

(This lady was a mother and John commended her on her children.)

5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote to thee a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 And this is love, that we should walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, even as ye heard from the beginning, that ye should walk in it.

(John continued to emphasize loving one another. This was a commandment from God that we ought to walk (progress/grow) in. This was a theme from John's first epistle.)

7 For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, even they that confess not that Jesus Christ cometh in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

(Jesus came in the flesh and those who oppose are an antichrist. Again, this was another theme from John's first epistle.)

8 Look to yourselves, that ye lose not the things which we have wrought, but that ye receive a full reward.

(John spoke of a "full reward". This meant that we could end up with something less than what God willed for us because of our choices.)

9 Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son.

(This letter included the "teaching" of Christ as part of the model of God abiding in us. This verse focused on Salvation.)

10 If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, receive him not into your house, and give him no greeting:
11 for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works.

(John blatantly stated that we should not bring someone into our house who did not bring the teaching of Christ. This did not mean we judge those who were without the teaching of Christ and this did not mean we did not meet with those who were without the teaching of Christ.)

12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write them with paper and ink: but I hope to come unto you, and to speak face to face, that your joy may be made full.
13 The children of thine elect sister salute thee.

(John concluded this letter by saying he had many things to write (he must have hit only the high points...which seemed to be the same high points as in his first epistle) and that his objective was to help her ("lady") joy be made full.)

(Like John's first epistle, this second epistle was believed to have been written from Ephesus around 90 AD. This second epistle was written to a specific lady with children.)

Day 358 (Part 2)

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  1. 10 If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, receive him not into your house, and give him no greeting:
    11 for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works.

    From your comments I'm not sure then what this does mean-could this be talking about someone bringing other teaching that doesn't follow that of our Lord? We want to welcome unbelievers, but not people active in teaching or believing in learnings against our God's-is that right?

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    1. You're right in that this does not mean we cannot physically invite someone into our home who does not believe in Christ. Ultimately, the principle John is teaching is that we ought not to enable someone who is teaching false doctrine; we ought not facilitate someone who is teaching false doctrine to believe they are doing right.

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