2 John

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2 John

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  2. 2. Authorship and Background<br />Second John is an intimate note written to an unidentified, godly mother and her children. <br />Some scholars maintain that the “elect lady” is a local church and her “children” are the believers.<br />While the truths contained in the epistle are applicable to a local church, the general style of the letter points to it being written to an individual.<br />
  3. 3. Purpose<br />The Apostle John wrote to warn “the elect lady” against false teachers.<br />If she entertained such instructors into her home, she would be identifying herself with their heresies.<br />
  4. 4. Outline<br />I. INTRODUCTION (II John 1-4)<br />II. EXHORTATION (II John 5-11)<br />Ill. CONCLUSION (II John 12-13)<br />
  5. 5. I. IntroductionII John 1-4<br />From John’s opening remarks and salutation, it is obvious that to him truth was not a mere opinion or a theory about God, however accurate. <br />Truth was God Himself, who had become a man that believers might know Him and be partakers of His life. <br />Truth was the principle of their life and thereby life itself. He rejoiced because he found the elect lady’s children walking in truth.<br />
  6. 6. II. ExhortationII John 5-11<br />Love and obedience must be combined to fulfill the will of God (5-6). <br />Verse 6 clarifies that true love consists of active and unremitting obedience.<br />John warned against false doctrine (7-9). <br />Obedience motivated by love will keep a Christian from being led astray. <br />“Look to yourselves” commands an alertness of the heart against losing what one has gained. <br />The full reward of verse 8 is nothing less than God Himself.<br />
  7. 7. Verse 9 says that those who do not abide in the doctrine of Christ do not have God. <br />Whoever goes beyond revealed truth, claiming to teach something “deeper” or more profound is going beyond God and thereby losing Him.<br />
  8. 8. Having a false charity for evildoers or promoters of false doctrines is dangerous (10-11). <br />These verses do not suggest that a child of God should be rude or inhospitable to anyone. <br />They do teach, however, that he should not sanction or countenance false doctrine in any manner. <br />To do so is to share in the responsibility for teaching it.<br />
  9. 9. IIl. ConclusionII John 12-13<br />John planned to see the elect lady and her children in order that he could share his thoughts on other things as well.<br />

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