2 John Chapter 1
1 The elder, to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not I only, but also all those who know the truth,
2 for the truth's sake, which remains in us, and it will be with us forever:
3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoice greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, even as we have been commanded by the Father.
5 Now I beg you, dear lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 This is love, that we should walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, even as you heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don't confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist.
8 Watch yourselves, that we don't lose the things which we have accomplished, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whoever transgresses and doesn't remain in the teaching of Christ, doesn't have God. He who remains in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
10 If anyone comes to you, and doesn't bring this teaching, don't receive him into your house, and don't welcome him,
11 for he who welcomes him participates in his evil deeds.
12 Having many things to write to you, I don't want to do so with paper and ink, but I hope to come to you, and to speak face to face, that our joy may be made full.
13 The children of your chosen sister greet you. Amen.
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2 John Chapter 1 Guide
This letter to the "elect lady" is principally concerned with the Truth, the word being constantly repeated. The apostle wrote with conviction of the importance of Truth in its effect on life. In declaring his joy that the children of the elect lady were walking in Truth, he wrote the central commandment, "that we love one another." Love is obedience to light, that is, to Truth. It is of the utmost importance that love should be of the true nature. Any consent to darkness out of a so-called charity is not love. Loyalty to the Lord is the true way of love, and anything which compromises that is false, and eventually violates love.
The reason for the letter is discovered in the words, "deceivers are gone forth." The heresy of these teachers was the denial of the Incarnation, "Jesus Christ coming in the flesh." The apostle referred to supposedly progressive teaching. There were those who were "going on." Progress which denies fundamental Truth is retrogression. All development which is destruction is disastrous. So important is this that the apostle urged that no hospitality or greeting is to be given to those who by false teaching imperil the life and light and love of the believer.
The teaching of the letter may thus be summarized. Christianity is love. Love is dependent on the light of Truth. To deny the Truth is to make love impossible. The continued experience of fellowship is dependent on the continued fact of fellowship in love and light and life. The continued fact of fellowship is proved by the continued experience of fellowship.
From "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" by G. Campbell Morgan.