Notice what John says concerning the "truth." God calls such people “liars” because the truth is not in them (1 John 2:4). The truth is being threatened by false teachers. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" - John 14:6 [See Hebrews 1:1-3] Conclusion The particular false teachers of John's day were called "deceivers" and "antichrists." This is the commandment that you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it." Fourth, The blessings of God; His grace, mercy and peace, will be with us "in truth and love." Truth is the necessary condition of unity and, as a result, the basis of hospitality. 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). It was "forever." 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. 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. It is not what I wish were true or feel is true that determines what is true. John “rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.” He also wrote, “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. Believers are of the truth, which no doubt means that they belong to Jesus, who is the truth ( 1 John 3:19). John refers to the "elect lady" as "you all." Some say truth is a power play, a metanarrative constructed by the elite for the purpose of controlling the ignorant masses. In other words, it matches its object and is known by its referent. Take a Tour. First, truth corresponds to reality or “what is.” It is real. 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. 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. In these first two sections we discover something else. God's communication is consistent with His nature. (John 1:14) So the truth is the life of Jesus – which is to be manifested in us. Good morning and happy Monday. There are two main points which John makes in the letter. First, John says he loves the elect lady and her children. He did not really die! He became known as “the friend of God” (James 2:23; Isaiah 41:8), taking his rightful place among the biblical examples of living faith (Hebrews 11:8-10). In Second John, the elder ( 2 Jn 1) briefly explains the relationship between the three: Love and truth. clear what our position should be regarding the enemies of the truth Yes! and when they don’t: When Christians walk in truth, joy abounds (3 Jn 4). “First, it is unclear whether John is referring specifically to an individual or metaphorically to an entire congregation,” according to The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. By Jon W. Quinn From Expository Files 1.8; August, 1994. His word is true! New International Version Update. 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. 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. . 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." 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. 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). To some, truth is subjective, the individual world of preference and opinion. John says, "and this is love, that we walk according to His commandments." Presumably the Christian community to which he wrote knew who he was. For example, a teacher facing a class may say, “Now the only exit to this room is on the right.” In fact, it … We live in such a busy world. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. came into the world to “bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37). The second is a warning not to give encouragement to false teachers. 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. 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” . Diotrephes. Early Christians received the second epistle of John from the aged apostle in the latter quarter of the first century. In our English translations the Greek words "humas", "humin" are translated "you." They have "gone out into the world" showing that they were once within the church (cf. The book of 2 John is addressed to the “elect lady and her children.”. Sign up to receive the week's latest articles, blog posts and updates. Love is walking in God’s commandments (verses 4-6). There are three ways that we can use the word ‘*elder’. 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. John Was And Is Very Special; We Should Pay Attention To Everything He Wrote In This Letter; Yeshua Is The Life That Appeared; Encouragement To Have Fellowship With The Father And Son And True… They lived and worked in the first century. It cannot! Today many like to say, "It does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere." There is a reason for that. “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. Previously he pastored congregations in southern Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The Bible states that God commanded Abraham to “walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1). 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. Or perhaps Christians are being told not to allow a traveling false teacher a place to stay. 514.) (II JOHN 1-3). Old Testament incidents and examples have been recorded for our benefit (Romans 15:4; 16:26; 1 Corinthians 10:11). “Truth” in 2 John 1-4 is technically metonymy, the use of an associated element to refer to a larger concept. In other words, they denied that Jesus was God in human flesh. 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." 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. Abraham enthusiastically responded to God’s command. “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He [Christ] walked” (1 John 2:6). God desires to communicate with us. There is a difference of opinion on this point. These teachers were the antichrists. 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. Where the first section emphasized the word "truth," this section elaborates. . This includes Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Noah, who “was a just man … [and] walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). By faithfully and steadfastly walking along this way, we are doing “those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22). Get the latest blog posts from Life, Hope & Truth straight to your inbox. And this is love, that we walk according to His  commandments. 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… Each localchurch had its leaders who were the ‘elders’. John places a great deal of importance and emphasis on preserving the biblical truth within the Church. Believers are to love in both deed and in truth (i.e., "truly" 1 John 3:18). John uses the word "truth" no less than four times in just the salutation. The epistle (letter) called 2 John tells us it is from “the elder.”. Used by permission. One element of this body of truth is that it is true. And now I ask you, lady, not as writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. The patriarchs of old “walked” with God. 514.). Our house sits very close to I-20 in SW Fort Worth and on busy mornings you can hear the hum of the highway. At any rate, Christians are prohibited from lending encouragement to false teachers. The Bible identifies truth as a quality intrinsic to the very nature of God. The reason for the great amount of attention given to truth, the commandments and obeying them is the very real danger which existed (and exists today) of being destroyed by a false teacher. Truth and obedience. The context suggests that "the elect lady" is not a single person but a group of people. In Chinese Buddhism, the Madhyamaka position is accepted and the two truths refer to two ontological truths. 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." Greetings to the elect lady (verses 1-3). In fact, the next time you ask someone how they a But the writer was an *elder overall the churches in a large area.Much of this letter is like John’s first letter. They said that that which was divine could not become material flesh. 2. The truth is being threatened by false teachers. Of course, this does not mean that the Old Testament is not concerned with truth—merely that the New Testament has a special emphasis on the truth of Jesus. 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). 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. (II JOHN 4-6). 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. This demonstrates Abraham’s willingness to walk with God in truth. For further study, read the articles in the section “General Epistles.”. verses 4-6). Others believe truth is a collective judgment, the product of cultural consensus, and still others flatly deny the concept of truth altogether. A standard papyrus sheet measured ten by eight inches and the length of these letters would each take up almost exactly one sheet” (Barclay’s Daily Study Bible: The Letters of John and Jude, 1976, p. 127). 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. If we push them aside substituting our own doctrines and practices, then we do not have God. Everyone going to work, going to school, going somewhere. Certainly both are true. Truth is also correspondent in nature. Other New Testament writers agree: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22; see also Romans 2:13). The truth dwells in the faithful Christian. The Greek word for “lady” is kuria, which is a feminine form of the masculine kurios, which means “master” or “lord.”. Reality exists of two levels, a relative level and an absolute level. 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. When two parties know the truth, love comes naturally. as if sincerity can make a wrong belief right. 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. 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." Hence, “truth” refers to a particular body of truth, not a particular singular truth, but also not to all truth. Andre van Belkum currently serves as the pastor of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, in New Zealand and the Pacific region. John wrote to "the chosen lady." 2 John – Walking In the Truth “This epistle is more remarkable for the spirit of Christian love which it breathes than for anything else. Print subscriptions available in U.S., Canada and Europe, Article URL: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/holy-bible/new-testament/general-epistles/2-john/, Historical Background of the New Testament Resources. Truth is objective. 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). For example, the use of the plural personal pronoun in the Greek in verses 10 and 12. “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. 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 … This letter stresses the need to walk in the commandments of God. Never miss a post! Walking in the Truth - 2 John Sermon by Pastor Todd Riley on August 5, 2018. Warning against religious deceivers (verses 7-11). John is pleased to see that some believers are sticking to the truth, but this implies that others are not. I JOHN 2:19). Notice what John says concerning the "truth." Doctrine does matter! In a prayer to His Father before His crucifixion, Jesus Christ stated, “Your word is truth,” a clear reference to the inspired Word of God—the Bible (John 17:17). Second, John says all who "know the truth" would have the same love for this church as he does. Truth will be with us forever. Third John is the shortest book of the Bible: only 219 words (in its original Greek). He says we can lose it all or we can receive it all; a full reward! Some note that the brevity of the book can actually be a sign of its authenticity. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version (© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.). "Just as you have heard from the beginning" John says. “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. First, John says he loves the elect lady and her children. The word “commandment(s)” is used four times; and the active verb “walk” or “walking,” three times. 2 John 1-3 So, What is the Truth? (II JOHN 1-3). If it is true that the "elect lady" is a church, then "house" here could be the place where the saints assemble to worship. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9, emphasis added throughout). 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. This is the test and challenge confronting true Christians! 513-514). It is not unusual for the Scripture to do so (EPHESIANS 5:22f; II CORINTHIANS 11:2; etc.). This letter repeats many themes from John’s first letter, and Second John reflects these themes as well. We must continue to abide in the teaching of Christ to maintain our relationship with Him and the Father. “The very shortness of these two letters [2 John and 3 John] is the best guarantee of their genuineness. Read the Bible; Reading Plans ... 2 John 2. There is a reason for that. John was concerned that the members were being deceived into rejecting the truth of God and replacing truth with human-devised dogmas. Truth is simply telling it like it is. It makes us free. (2 Corinthians 4:10) When we compare His life to our own lives and see how enormously … We must be loyal to the way, the truth and the life. As a short letter, 2 John doesn’t develop any one topic too deeply. All rights reserved. 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 is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it” (2 John 4, 6). 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). They were denying that Jesus had come "in the flesh." 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. Demetrius. How Should a Christian Deal With the Coronavirus Pandemic? If Jesus reigns on the throne of our hearts, then truth is the law of our lives. Jesus is real! 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. John commends those who were "walking in truth" and then tells us that this means keeping God's "commandments." An icon used to represent a menu that can be toggled by interacting with this icon. John cautions "watch yourselves" because it would be possible to "lose what we have accomplished." 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