2 John 1: True Love

Who were the people John addressed in his letter?

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2 John 1:1 From John your leader to the chosen woman of God and to her children, I love you all very much, as do all those who know the truth.
King James
2 John 1:1 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;

How do we know we have the truth living within us?

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John 16:13 “But when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own authority but will say only what he hears. He will reveal to you things to come.”
2 John 1:2 We will have the truth forever, because it lives within us.
King James
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
2 John 1:2 For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

Why might readers think John’s asking God’s blessing was more than a common courtesy?

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2 John 1:3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, full of love and truth, favor you with peace and mercy.
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2 John 1:3 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.

What reasons do children have for waking in the truth?

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2 John 1:4 I was delighted to hear that your children are walking in the truth, following the Father’s guidance.
King James
2 John 1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

If the people already knew the importance of loving others, why did John mention it?

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2 John 1:5–6 I’m not writing anything new when I beg you to do what we were told in the beginning, that we must love one another. True love walks in the center of God’s will, always doing what he wants, which is something we knew from the start of this journey.
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2 John 1:5–6 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. 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.

What kinds of leaders do you think were speaking against the truth that Jesus was God’s Son?

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2 John 1:7 Many leaders in this world say Jesus is not the anointed Son of God, coming in the flesh. They are antichrists, deceiving the people.
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2 John 1:7 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.

How can Christians lose God’s gifts?

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Matthew 25:25–28 “‘I was afraid I might lose your money, so I hid your bag in the earth. Here is your money, still safe.’
“‘You are a wicked, lazy servant,’ the man said. ‘If you knew I expected an increase, and I expect a harvest where I’ve planted no seeds, you should have invested with the moneychangers so I would have received my money with interest. Take the bag and give it to the one who has ten.'”
2 Timothy 1:6 So don’t forget to stir up God’s gift that you received through the laying on of my hands.
2 John 1:8–9 Take care that you don’t lose what God has worked in your lives, but seek the complete reward that is available to you. You can’t know God if you stray from the teachings of Christ. But if you heed his words, you have life in both the Father and the Son.
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Matthew 25:25–28 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
2 John 1:8–9 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 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.

Why might Christians think they should welcome and encourage those who don’t agree with Jesus’ message?

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2 John 1:10–11 If people bring a teaching that doesn’t agree with Jesus’ message, don’t welcome or encourage them. Anyone who blesses those who do evil is a participant in their deeds.
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2 John 1:10–11 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

What could John say face-to-face that he couldn’t say in a letter?

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2 John 1:12–13 Paper and ink are insufficient to communicate all I would like to say, so I long to speak to you face-to-face so I can fill your hearts with joy. Those in your sister congregation send their greetings. Amen.
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2 John 1:12–13 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. The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.