SSMTC - Jan 2012 Text: 2John:1-13 Beth read the ESV translationTheme:
the thing out! We will develop points using an acrostic for W-A-L-K-I-N-G2 John 1Greeting1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth,2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love.
Walking in Truth and Love
4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father.5 And now I ask you, dear lady²not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning²that welove one another.6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so thatyou should walk in it.7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is thedeceiver and the antichrist.8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both theFather and the Son.10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.13 The children of your elect sister greet you.
We are all starved for some face-to-face.
V12 states that John wanted to speak face-to-face, ³... so that our joy may be complete.´ The wordused here for joy means ³to be filled up with joy´. A literal translation of the expression face-to-face is ³mouth-to-mouth´, meaning a 1:1 dialogue. Seealso 1Cor 13, which says we will see him (Jesus)
ll that we have worked for can be lost.
v8 tells us to watch ourselves so that we do not lose what we have worked for. Example -Israelites lost ground in the OT. In Rev 3:11, we are told to hold fast to what we have so that no-one will take our crown. And in Luke 8, Satan can takeaway the harvest of the Word planted in us. Anything we work for, we can lose. We can lose ground, we can lose our crown, and we can lose our rewards.Matt 5:12 ³Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.´1 Cor 3:14 ³If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.´Mark 9:41 ³For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.´Luke 6:35 ³But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the MostHigh, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.Rev 2:25 tells us to hold on until He comes!Heb 11:6 tells us that He rewards those who seek him.It is critically important to remember that we CANNOT lose our salvation because we did not work for it. Jesus did the work; we just receive it.
Listen with the ears of a chosen lady.
In v1, John refers to himself as the ³elder´. The word used here is ³presbyteros´, which probably meansleader, but can also mean ³the old man´ Note, John lived much longer that the other disciples, and this letter was written when he was old. The letter isaddressed to the elect lady. ³Elect´ is the Greek word ³eklekte´, which means one who is chosen, selected. This is where we get the English word³eclectic´, which means to choose from many different kinds. Our God is eclectic! He chooses us from many different people. In John 15:16 Jesus toldhis disciples ³You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit...´ We are chosen. We didn¶t just sneak inwithout God noticing! We are chosen. I, Adrienne, am chosen by Him.The word for ³lady´ in v1 is the Greek ³kyria´, which is the feminine form of ³kurios´, which means lord. This is not the same as Lord or LORD; lord, withlower case l, is a title of nobility, not of deity. Example - when Sarah referred to Abraham as lord, she was not calling him god.In v1, John uses the phrase, ³... whom I love in truth´. Consider the Samaritan woman in John 4. Jesus told her everything she ever did, and yet shewas not devastated and shamed, but rather gained dignity from it. He told her the truth in love. Think of all the lies I have told and believed in order tobe loved, and yet Jesus loves us in truth. No lies needed.In v3, John states that ³Grace, mercy, and peace
be with us...´ This is a promise, they will be with us. Note that mercy and peace follow from God¶sgrace. We cannot experience mercy or have any peace without His grace.