Matthew Henry's Commentary
This epistle is like an abridgement of the first; it touches, in few words, on the same points. The Lady Electa is
commended for her virtuous and religious education of her children; is exhorted to abide in the doctrine of Christ, to persevere
in the truth, and carefully to avoid the delusions of false teachers. But chiefly the apostle beseeches her to practise the
great commandment of Christian love and charity.
- The apostle salutes the elect lady and her children. (1-3) Express
his joy in their faith and love. (4-6) Cautions them against deceivers. (7-11) And concludes. (12,13)
Verses 1-3: Religion turns compliments into real expressions of respect and love. And old
disciple is honourable; an old apostle and leader of disciples is more so. The letter is to a noble Christian matron, and
her children; it is well that the gospel should get among such: some noble persons are called. Families are to be encouraged
and directed in their love and duties at home. Those who love truth and piety in themselves, should love it in others; and
the Christians loved this lady, not for her rank, but for her holiness. And where religion truly dwells, it will abide for
ever. From the Divine Persons of the Godhead, the apostle craves grace, Divine favour, and good-will, the spring of all good
things. It is grace indeed that any spiritual blessing should be given to sinful mortals. Mercy, free pardon, and forgiveness;
for those already rich in grace, need continual forgiveness. Peace, quietness of spirit, and a clear conscience, in assured
reconciliation with God, together with all outward prosperity that is really for good: these are desired in truth and love.
Verses 4-6: It is good to be trained to early religion; and children
may be beloved for their parents' sake. It gave great joy to the apostle to see children treading in their parents' steps,
and likely in their turn to support the gospel. May God bless such families more and more, and raise up many to copy their
example. How pleasing the contrast to numbers who spread irreligion, infidelity, and vice, among their children! Our walk
is true, our converse right, when according to the word of God. This commandment of mutual Christian love, may be said to
be a new one, in respect of its being declared by the Lord Christ; yet, as to the matter, it is old. And this is love to our
own souls, that we obey the Divine commands. The foresight of the decay of this love, as well as of other apostacies, or fallings
away, might engage the apostle to urge this duty, and this command, frequently and earnestly.
7-11: The deceiver and his deceit are described: he brings some error concerning the person or office of the
Lord Jesus. Such a one is a deceiver and an antichrist; he deludes souls, and undermines the glory and kingdom of the Lord
Christ. Let us not think it strange, that there are deceivers and opposers of the Lord Christ's name and dignity now, for
there were such, even in the apostles' times. The more deceivers and deceits abound, the more watchful the disciples must
be. Sad it is, that splendid attainments in the school of Christ, should ever be lost. The way to gain the full reward is,
to abide true to Christ, and constant in religion to the end. Firm cleaving to Christian truth unites us to Christ, and thereby
to the Father also; for they are one. Let us equally disregard such as abide not in the doctrine of Christ, and those who
transgress his commands. Any who did not profess and preach the doctrine of Christ, respecting him as the Son of God, and
salvation by him from guilt and sin, were not to be noticed and countenanced. Yet in obeying this command, we must show kindness
and a good spirit to those who differ from us in lesser matters, but hold firmly the all-important doctrines of Christ's person,
atonement, and holy salvation.
Verse 12,13: The apostle refers many things
to a personal meeting. Pen and ink were means of strengthening and comforting others; but to see each other is more so. The
communion of saints should be maintained by all methods; and should tend to mutual joy. In communion with them we find much
of our present joy, and look forward to happiness for ever.
David Burnette's Life Application
Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application
of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Start the book of 2nd
John with Chapter 1 and today we see John teaching the body to watch out for false teachers. These false teachers have one
common theme of denying the deity, Jesus being God, in their teachings. Today many false religions are among us from Buddhists,
Muslims, etc and those religions who belive Jesus exsisted but was not God in Flesh and Blood like Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons,
etc. all have a common theme of denying the deity of Jesus-Christ. How about you? Do you see common theme of false religions?
Let us learn from our text today and the warning of John to look out for false teachers who come denying the Lordship, Diety,
Trinity, and Truth of the Word of God that Jesus is Lord
2 John 1
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
2For the truth's sake, which dwelleth
in us, and shall be with us for ever.
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.
4I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children
walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
5And 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.
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.
7For 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.
8Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought,
but that we receive a full reward.
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.
10If there come
any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12Having 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.
13The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.