They said that that which was divine could not become material flesh. First, truth corresponds to reality or “what is.” It is real. Hence, “truth” refers to a particular body of truth, not a particular singular truth, but also not to all truth. Old Testament incidents and examples have been recorded for our benefit (Romans 15:4; 16:26; 1 Corinthians 10:11). God has spoken. 514.). To some, truth is subjective, the individual world of preference and opinion. 513-514). There is a reason for that. John refers to the "elect lady" as "you all." 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. 3. Previously he pastored congregations in southern Africa, including South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Diotrephes. John uses the word "truth" no less than four times in just the salutation. He says we can lose it all or we can receive it all; a full reward! 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. The real test of faith and love comes in the application. (John 1:14) So the truth is the life of Jesus – which is to be manifested in us. In fact, it … Both "truth" and "love" are important. The epistle called 3 John concerns three individuals, and in this letter the apostle John sends an essential message to each of them: Gaius. The Bible does not use the term  "antichrist" to refer to some future world leader. 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. 2. (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. We live in such a busy world. We must continue to abide in the teaching of Christ to maintain our relationship with Him and the Father. D. God's Word is truth - John 17:17. Truth is also correspondent in nature. 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." His body was an illusion! 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. Truth is that which matches its object. Walking in the Truth - 2 John Sermon by Pastor Todd Riley on August 5, 2018. 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. The truth is being threatened by false teachers. Notice what John says concerning the "truth." Each localchurch had its leaders who were the ‘elders’. 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 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 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). As a short letter, 2 John doesn’t develop any one topic too deeply. He wasn't really here! God calls such people “liars” because the truth is not in them (1 John 2:4). Believers are to love in both deed and in truth (i.e., "truly" 1 John 3:18). “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. Love is walking in God’s commandments (verses 4-6). John loves those who know the truth, because the truth “abides” in them ( 2 Jn 1–2 ). Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" - John 14:6 [See Hebrews 1:1-3] Conclusion The truth is being threatened by false teachers. The particular false teachers of John's day were called "deceivers" and "antichrists." (II JOHN 10,11). The word “commandment(s)” is used four times; and the active verb “walk” or “walking,” three times. John commends those who were "walking in truth" and then tells us that this means keeping God's "commandments." John is pleased to see that some believers are sticking to the truth, but this implies that others are not. 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." 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). 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. The letter encourages them to continue walking in truth, in the love of God and love of one another. The Bible identifies truth as a quality intrinsic to the very nature of God. The patriarchs of old “walked” with God. When two parties know the truth, love comes naturally. The world is back at it. Some note that the brevity of the book can actually be a sign of its authenticity. In Second John, the elder ( 2 Jn 1) briefly explains the relationship between the three: Love and truth. . “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. They were denying that Jesus had come "in the flesh." This is the deceiver and the antichrist. It has already been determined. Andre van Belkum currently serves as the pastor of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, in New Zealand and the Pacific region. John was concerned that the members were being deceived into rejecting the truth of God and replacing truth with human-devised dogmas. (II JOHN 7-9). There are two main points which John makes in the letter. 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). 514.) For a quick link to all the other books of the Bible, see “Books of the Bible” on the Learning Center. 2 John is a short letter from John the Elder to someone called ‘the elect lady’ and her children. Used by permission. New International Version Update. 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. In our English translations the Greek words "humas", "humin" are translated "you." 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. For example, the use of the plural personal pronoun in the Greek in verses 10 and 12. 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. Where the first section emphasized the word "truth," this section elaborates. The epistle (letter) called 2 John tells us it is from “the elder.”. 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). “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. Truth will be with us forever. This is the test and challenge confronting true Christians! In other words, it matches its object and is known by its referent. These teachers were the antichrists. 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” . The second is a warning not to give encouragement to false teachers. Read the Bible; Reading Plans ... 2 John 2. Fourth, The blessings of God; His grace, mercy and peace, will be with us "in truth and love." For further study, read the articles in the section “General Epistles.”. At the start of the letter, the writer calls himself the‘*elder’. But the writer was an *elder overall the churches in a large area.Much of this letter is like John’s first letter. 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. Sign up to receive the week's latest articles, blog posts and updates. In these first two sections we discover something else. “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He [Christ] walked” (1 John 2:6). Truth and obedience. God's communication is consistent with His nature. There is a difference of opinion on this point. 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) 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. The Bible says, “Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws” (Genesis 26:5). 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." 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… The apostle states: “Whoever transgresses and does not abide [continue, remain, endure] in the doctrine [teachings] of Christ does not have God. I JOHN 2:19). One element of this body of truth is that it is true. Good morning and happy Monday. In Chinese Buddhism, the Madhyamaka position is accepted and the two truths refer to two ontological truths. If Jesus reigns on the throne of our hearts, then truth is the law of our lives. 2 John – Walking In the Truth “This epistle is more remarkable for the spirit of Christian love which it breathes than for anything else. First, John says he loves the elect lady and her children. It appears that this is a personification of a church and not a literal lady. “The letters we call 2 and 3 John are similar in words, style, ideas, and character to 1 John, and must have been written by the same author, who refers to himself simply as ‘the elder’” (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary, p. 754—see 2 John 1:1; 3 John 1:1). It was "forever." Third, John says that the truth "abides in us" and that it will be with us "forever." Third John shows us what happens when people follow sound teaching . verses 4-6). An icon used to represent a menu that can be toggled by interacting with this icon. The truth dwells in the faithful Christian. John wrote to "the chosen lady." The book of 2 John is addressed to the “elect lady and her children.”. Believers are of the truth, which no doubt means that they belong to Jesus, who is the truth ( 1 John 3:19). 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 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. Or perhaps Christians are being told not to allow a traveling false teacher a place to stay. They have "gone out into the world" showing that they were once within the church (cf. 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). It could meanthat the person was old. (II JOHN 1-3). 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 fact, the next time you ask someone how they a 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. There are three ways that we can use the word ‘*elder’. At any rate, Christians are prohibited from lending encouragement to false teachers. 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. Presumably the Christian community to which he wrote knew who he was. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9, emphasis added throughout). 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). We must follow the truth and have love for God and one another in order to receive the blessings. 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. “The very shortness of these two letters [2 John and 3 John] is the best guarantee of their genuineness. It shows itself through his or her deeds, thoughts and words. This includes Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Noah, who “was a just man … [and] walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). Abraham enthusiastically responded to God’s command. John places a great deal of importance and emphasis on preserving the biblical truth within the Church. 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. 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