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Dave Burnette's Commentary

2 John Chapter 1

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (90 AD)
Overview: John Warns Christians (c 1)
Theme: Walk in Love (c 1)
Message: John Instructs Us to Live in Truth (v 1-13)

2 John 1 Commentary

(1:1-3) Greetings from John - In the first four verses of this short letter, the word “truth” appears five times. False teachings were beginning to infiltrate the church; this prompted John to counter these falsehoods with strong admonitions to the believers about knowing and living in the truth concerning Jesus Christ. In his letter called 1 John, John explained clearly to the believers how they could know that they were grounded in the truth and how they could discern whether teachers were true or false.The obvious follow-up, then, was the question of how the believers should act toward the false teachers who had been causing so much trouble in their churches (the issue John addressed in 1 John). Both 2 and 3 John focus on “truth” and on refusing to give a hearing, hospitality, or any sort of encouragement to those who do not teach the truth.

(1:4-11) Live in truth - Christianity had spread to many cities in the world. Sometimes there were several house churches in a city. True teachers and false teachers were proliferating. Because there were many false teachings about Jesus Christ in the days of the early church, the apostles had to describe which teachings about Jesus were true and which were false. Believers who adhered to the apostolic teachings—both in doctrine and in practice—were living in the truth.

(1:12-13) John's Final Words - The letter closes with a promise of further communication in person, so as to give each other complete joy.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

False Religions

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

2 John 1

 1The 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;

 2For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

 3Grace 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.

 6And 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.

 9Whosoever 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.