by Harley Howard

The Epistle of 2nd John
Harley Howard

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;

This epistle is very similar to 1st John. The elect lady more than likely refers to a church body that John was very familiar with and loved dearly. Her children obviously refer to the saints. These saints were not only loved by John but by all the saints, and notice that John makes it clear that those who are saints love and know the truth.

2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

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.

This is the trilogy of blessing for the believer. God's grace, His unearned and undeserved favor towards us. His mercy, kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them and peace, which is the result of the grace and mercy. In fact, the word peace means to bind together. The believer and the Father and Son have a indissoluble union. The believer experiences all of these great blessings at the moment of salvation. Now notice the source of all of these great blessings: God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The trilogy of blessings comes from a divine source, both the Father and the Son. This again shows the oneness of the Father and the Son. The expression, in truth and love, refers to the fact that when we experienced this great trilogy of blessings, our intellect was enlightened by the truth and our hearts were engaged in the love of God. The relationship of the believer and the Godhead is not some intellectual exercise of one's thinking, but a relationship based on love.

4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

I was glad beyond measure because I discovered your children regulating their live ...

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