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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.

 


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Matthew Henry's 2 John Chapter 1 Bible 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)

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.

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.

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.

 


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Shellyann Campbell Stephens's 2 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 7 on 3/10/2014, 9:37pm...

I love to read the words of god

 


SG's 2 John Chapter 1 comment on 2/05/2014, 8:42pm...

Yes verse 1o is very good example in how we must treat those who are carrying another doctrine or false belief, I was so zealous me and some other Christian sister and the Jehovah Witness always coming around to show us that they knew their word and like wise did we, one mistake we made we allowed them to come and have bible study so we could show them the way, and we did and they left scratching their heads because one thing for sure you are never to let an unbeliever or unlearned show you the way we conduct and asked the question and they left baffle because they had so many question and never could understand the truth and that's because the truth is revealed within your heart and once your filled with God Holy Spirit he began to unfold the beautiful Gospel, the light is turn on then he makes it plain. As the bible say I'm going to paraphrase(spirit knows the things of the spirit and likewise the flesh or the carnal things of the flesh, that which is spirit knows the spirit and that which is born flesh know that of the flesh. So if your not born again neither can you retain these thing in your natural mind.

 


Bryan Withey's 2 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 9 on 1/05/2014, 7:18pm...

The Doctrine of Christ here is the FACT that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.Others would deny this and are identified as being of an Antichrist spirit.

 


Michael's 2 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 10 on 12/21/2013, 11:09pm...

I think it is pretty clear. If any man teaches another doctrine about the virgin born, incarnate Christ, you are to have nothing, yes NOTHING to do with them and the "gospel" they bring. I have had many a discussion in my front yard with Jehovah's Witnesses people who try to double talk you into believing that they don't treat Jesus any differently than you. They do not believe in the Trinity and do not believe Jesus was God come to earth in the flesh.

 


Mary Sadler's 2 John Chapter 1 comment on 11/03/2013, 3:06am...

If they come teaching any other doctrine except that God came in flesh as Jesus Christ they are an anti-Christ.

 


Gloria Robertson's 2 John Chapter 1 comment on 6/28/2013, 7:26am...

Verse 5 states we are to love one another and follow his commandments. How can we show the light to unbelievers if we should not receive them in our homes, or bother with them, especially if it is an immediate relative

 


Timothy Wayne George's 2 John Chapter 1 comment about verse 10 on 2/16/2013, 11:45am...

We have to keep the context of what this passage is talking about. If anyone does not believe in the virgin birth of Christ, then that person is an Anti-Christ, and you are not to bid them God speed. This does not mean that you treat all unbelievers as Anti-Christian. We are to be salt, and light in the world, and we should witness to unbelievers so that they can come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and escape the snares of the devil. To the one that has a child that is having sexual orientation issues, you must love them, but hate the sin. Pray for them, that God will open their eyes to the glorious gospel of truth. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance, (2 Peter 3:9).

 


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