Chapter One The Elder greets the elect lady and her children (1-3), expressing joy over hearing her children were walking in truth, with a plea to love one another (4-6). He then warns of deceivers (antichrists) who deny Jesus as coming in the flesh, telling her not to receive into her home those who do not bring the doctrine of Christ (7-11). Hoping to see her soon, he concludes with greetings from the children of her elect sister (12-13). POINTS TO PONDER * Walking in truth and love, abiding in the doctrine of Christ * Identifying antichrists, refusing to support false teachers REVIEW QUESTIONS 1) What are the main points of this chapter? - Greetings - 2Jn 1:1-3 - Walking in truth and love - 2Jn 1:4-6 - Beware of deceivers and false teachers - 2Jn 1:7-11 - Farewell - 2Jn 1:12-13 2) What four phrases related to truth are used by John in his greeting? (1-3) - Love in truth, known the truth, truth abides in us, in truth and love 3) What caused John to rejoice greatly? What plea did he make? (4) - That children of the "elect lady" were walking in the truth - That they love one another 4) How does John define love? (6) - That we walk according to His commandments 5) Who does John describe as "a deceiver and an antichrist"? (7) - One who does not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh 6) Why did John counsel self-reflection? (8) - That we not lose those things we worked for, to ensure we receive a full reward 7) What happens if one transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ? (9) - He does not have God 8) What phrase clearly contradicts the Oneness doctrine of the Godhead? (9) - "...both the Father and the Son" 9) How was one to respond to those who did not abide in Christ’s doctrine? (10) - Neither receive him or greet him, lest one shares in his evil deeds
Greeting the elect lady
[2Jo 1:1-13 NASB] 1 The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2 for the sake of the truth which 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 Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Walk in Christ's commandments
4 I was very glad to find [some] of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment [to do] from the Father. 5 Now I ask you, lady, not as though [I were] writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love 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, that you should walk in it.
Beware of antichrist deceivers
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ [as] coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into [your] house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds
John's farewell greeting
12 Though I have many things to write to you, I do not want to [do so] with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, so that your joy may be made full. 13 The children of your chosen sister greet you..