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2 John

October 24, 2008

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

14 thoughts on “2 John”

  1. My first impression of this letter is that it is so similar to his last letter. Love one another, be discerning.

  2. My first impression of this letter is that it is so similar to his last letter. Love one another, be discerning.

  3. I find v.10 a great relief: “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.”

    While elsewhere we are encouraged to practice hospitality, here we see we don’t have to have people in our homes who are trying to convert us to their way of thinking.

  4. I find v.10 a great relief: “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.”

    While elsewhere we are encouraged to practice hospitality, here we see we don’t have to have people in our homes who are trying to convert us to their way of thinking.

  5. Alison C

    Yes, Susan, I agree this letter from John is similar to his last….but…perhaps because of 1 John 5;19….and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one; John may have wished to reiterate the importance of ‘love one another’.
    I find 2 John a very powerful letter even though it is short!
    He is showing the importance of TRUTH and commanding we WALK IN LOVE.
    This can, at times, not be easy but is possible if we continue our daily walk ‘hand in hand with our heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ His son.
    Oh, what a privilege to KNOW HIM.
    v 12
    I have much to write to you, but do not want to, use the paper and the ink, instead, I hope to vist you and talk with you face to face, SO THAT OUR JOY MAY BE COMPLETE.

    Nothing has changed for today, as was all those years ago. INTERESTING!

  6. Alison C

    Yes, Susan, I agree this letter from John is similar to his last….but…perhaps because of 1 John 5;19….and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one; John may have wished to reiterate the importance of ‘love one another’.
    I find 2 John a very powerful letter even though it is short!
    He is showing the importance of TRUTH and commanding we WALK IN LOVE.
    This can, at times, not be easy but is possible if we continue our daily walk ‘hand in hand with our heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ His son.
    Oh, what a privilege to KNOW HIM.
    v 12
    I have much to write to you, but do not want to, use the paper and the ink, instead, I hope to vist you and talk with you face to face, SO THAT OUR JOY MAY BE COMPLETE.

    Nothing has changed for today, as was all those years ago. INTERESTING!

  7. Yes indeed. I’ve always loved v.12, about the paper and ink, sounds so personal and I would rather see someone face to face than writing a letter, even an email!

  8. Yes indeed. I’ve always loved v.12, about the paper and ink, sounds so personal and I would rather see someone face to face than writing a letter, even an email!

  9. v.4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

    Interesting that is “some” of your children and not all. There will always be some who will not walk in the truth but nevertheless we should take great joy in the ones that do.

  10. v.4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

    Interesting that is “some” of your children and not all. There will always be some who will not walk in the truth but nevertheless we should take great joy in the ones that do.

  11. v.5-6 I ask that we love one another. 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.

    (From Constable Commentary) "It is not that love precedes truth or belief but that love offers the clearest test of the truthfulness of the confession and the sincerity of the obedience given to God's commands. Belief may be feigned and confession only of the lips, but love is harder to counterfeit."

  12. v.5-6 I ask that we love one another. 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.

    (From Constable Commentary) "It is not that love precedes truth or belief but that love offers the clearest test of the truthfulness of the confession and the sincerity of the obedience given to God's commands. Belief may be feigned and confession only of the lips, but love is harder to counterfeit."

  13. v.10-11 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.

    This is probably harsher than we realize as hospitality was practised so much more then than now. (Also remembering that there weren't the motels & cafes that there are today).

  14. v.10-11 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.

    This is probably harsher than we realize as hospitality was practised so much more then than now. (Also remembering that there weren't the motels & cafes that there are today).

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