The Second Epistle of John stresses the meaning of truth which refers to Jesus Christ being the Son of God. 2 John Chapter 1 warns of following false prophets and associating with people who do not believe in the Scripture as the holy word of God.
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The Importance of Loving Each Other
In this epistle, Jesus’ disciple, John, loved a woman whom he wished had truth and love. He felt blessed that he had discovered a woman that also taught her children to be faithful servants of the Lord. John stressed the need of there being love and respect amongst those who called themselves Christians.
Warnings of False Teachings
In 2 John Chapter 1, he said these individuals should live by the Scripture and be aware that many will come into the world that will try and deceive them with false teachings. He explained that those who do not follow the commandments are not really followers of God.
The false teaching that the epistle warned of was the rejection of Jesus by some as God in the flesh. In other words, John said to be cautious of those who preach a false doctrine. If a man preached the word of God according to the Scripture, then he should be warmly received.
Those who are well-versed in the word of God should be able to identify a man and his false doctrine. If this man and his false teachings were to come to their house, they should slam the door in the face of the transgressor.
Guarding against Satan
John said that if the man was indulged even a little, the evil acts of Satan could enter the home. The truth of the Lord must be protected and preached to all who wish to hear it. In 2 John Chapter 1, Jon taught that love must prevail and Christians should be ready to guard everything that pertains to Jesus because Christianity was under attack from many angles.
2 John 1 (King James Version)
1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
2 For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.