2 John. Forum Discussion

There are five books in the bible that consist of only (1) chapter: Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John and Jude.

Today we will review one of them, 2 John. Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will review another.

Second John seems to repeat a lot of the same doctrine found in John’s other letters of the New Testament. In this letter, John refers to himself as, “The elder” and refers to his audience as, “The chosen lady and her children.” There is some discussion as to whether John is writing this letter to an actual lady and her children, or if these terms refer to a sister church.

In any case, the message remains the same:

  • Love God.
  • Demonstrate our love by following His commandments.
  • Beware of and avoid false teachers.

The importance of these (3) messages is evidenced by how many times they are repeated throughout the bible. Let’s take a deeper look at each one.

  1. “Love God.” It is extremely important to God that we love Him. He commands it! In Mathew 22:36-40, Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is. He responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” If we don’t have love for God and love for each other, we are failing at what Jesus said are the two most important commandments in the entire bible.
  2. “Demonstrate our love by following His commandments.” When it comes to our love for God, our love is much more than just a feeling that we have. Our love should be strong enough that we act on it. When we truly love God, we are thirsty to learn more about Him. As we learn more about God, our love should compel us to put what we have learned into action. Our faith does not mean anything unless it leads to something. “Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.” – James 2:17 
  3. “Beware of and avoid false teachers.” The subject of false teachers comes up repeatedly in the bible. The threat is real. God warns us to be on the lookout for these false teachers and to remain faithful in our studies so that we are not easily deceived.

2 John has only 13 verses. Its message is powerful and concise.

  • Love God.
  • Demonstrate our love by following His commandments.
  • Beware of and avoid false teachers.

Amen

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Thanks for the great summary! Amen!

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