2 John

The practical application of this chapter will depend on your understanding and interpretation. Is the “elect lady and her children” a family, or a church? It matters, since we’re told, “if anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not bring him any greeting.” It’s good advice for a church, regardless. We should never have anyone teach that hasn’t remained in the “teaching of Christ,” or that doesn’t have a proper belief about the incarnation (virgin birth, sinless nature, fully human, fully God). If John is addressing a home, then the application seems a bit harsh. But if children are in the home, it makes a lot more sense, and we took it to heart in our family. We certainly didn’t want anybody bringing aberrant theology into our home that would cause our children to doubt the truth.

Beyond that, we find many of the same topics that were in 1 John. We are to love one another. We are to avoid those who don’t confess that Jesus came in the flesh. We recognize that staying in the truth is a sign that we are indeed believers! But there are two additional points I want to emphasize: (1) because of our relationship with God and the indwelling Spirit we should already love fellow believers (1:1-2), and (2) finding other believers following God properly should cause us to rejoice, especially if they are young in the faith (1:4).

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