2 John Chapter 1

August 18, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on 2 John. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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False teaching was and still is a serious issue.

This short letter was written to once again warn about the false teachers that were trying to take advantage of and destroy the church.

The “chosen lady and to her children” refers either to a specific woman or to a church.

2 John 1:1-13 (NIV)
1 The elder, To the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in the truth–and not I only, but also all who know the truth– 2 because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. 4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 7 Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. 11 Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work. 12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. 13 The children of your chosen sister send their greetings.

2 John 1:6 says that as followers of Christ, we are commanded to walk in love.

2 John 1:6
6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

As we walk in love and live by trying to do the next right thing, we are able to more readily discern and steer away from false teachings and false teachers.

How do we continue to walk in love?

Love God all in

Mark 12:30 (NIV)
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

In a recent series we took weeks looking at loving God with all our heart (the control panel) and loving God with all our soul (our personality and emotions) and loving God with all our mind (the message of the Bible, the cross, salvation, is sound, consistent, is a logical, reasonable, consistent system of truth based on eyewitness testimony) and loving God with all our strength (living by trying to do the next right thing).

We also explored loving our neighbors as ourselves

Mark 12:31 (NIV)
31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

One of the ways that we love ourselves is that we take care of ourselves. If we are hungry, we get something to eat. If we have a need we try and meet it. If we are treated badly we think it is unfair and try and do something about it. We do these things because we are thinking about ourselves. It is a part of who we are. It is our nature to walk through this life with ourselves at the center of the universe.

What Jesus wants us to learn from this is that when we are hungry we begin to realize that others are hungry. When we have needs we realize that others have needs. When we are treated badly we become aware that others are also being treated badly.

We need to learn to be as concerned about others as we are about ourselves.

Our love for people is evidence that we truly love God.

Loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength is evidenced in and by our love for others.

1 John 3:14 (NIV)
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

John 13:34-35 (NIV)
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Love one another. It is repeated three times in this passage. Jesus said this was the way people will know we are His disciples. Think about that. How we love. That is a big deal. People will know we are followers of Jesus by how well we love.

A good way to get started loving well is by living …

The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12 (NIV)
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Love in the Kingdom of God is different than love in the world. A mainstay in our society is the idea that I will treat you the way that you treat me. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch your. If you are nice to me, I will be nice to you. This way of doing things is an important part of what keeps our society intact. However, as the people of the Kingdom of God, we have a different standard. We are to treat people the way we want to be treated. By that I mean we are to initiate love, not just respond to it. We are to be kind to everyone, not just to the people that are kind to us. It is a completely different concept than the one that most of us are used to. We treat others right, regardless of how they treat us. All of us probably need to take a pretty good look at how well we are doing in this area of our lives. I would guess that we are way more influenced by “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” than we are the “golden rule”.

Fortunately, Jesus is our model for life and ministry. He shows us how to live in relationship with God and others.

John 13:34 (NIV)
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

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