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A Special Letter to a Special Lady (13 of 14)
Series: The Book of 2 John
2 John 1:1-13
This letter was written shortly after 1 John. Some think John may have written from Ephesus. His letter is a personal letter addressed to a personal friend. He refers to her as the elect lady. The letter is also addressed to her children as well.
There are only thirteen verses in II John, so we'll have time to cover them all this evening. Consider with me three things:
I. John's Greeting
II. John's Rejoicing
III. John's Warning
I. JOHN'S GREETING
A. His recipients
1. John obviously had a loving relationship with this dear lady and her children. It was a spiritual love-a godly love, the kind of love we have in Christ. When a person becomes saved-when he is born again, he is born into God's holy family. When that happens, there is a new love for other believers. In 1 John 4:7, he said, Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
2. There is no mention of a husband or a father; possibly, this lady was a widow. In either case, John was inspired to write to her...and for several reasons:
B. His blessings (vs. 3)
1. His pronouncement of blessing and his wish for them is found in his greeting. There are three things:
a. Grace: Grace is God's unmerited favour toward man. Grace is something we do not deserve; yet, because of God's love for us and because of our acceptance of His Son, He freely bestows His grace upon us. Paul said, ''But by the grace of God I am what I am...'' (I Cor 15:10a)
b. Mercy: Mercy is the manifestation of grace-it is the forgiveness of sin. It is heaven instead of hell. It is God's blessing instead of His curse. We deserve His judgment, but instead, we receive pardon and forgiveness.
1) Ephes. 2:4-5 declares: ''But God, who is
rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together ...
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