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Week 51 Day 5
The old apostle John addresses this letter
to a lady and her children
This is a good introduction for us
to the next book we will be reading
I say this because his imagery of a women with children
refers not to a literal family
but probably means
a congregation of believers
We can smile as old John speaks gently to this woman
alerting her to some danger
hoping to see her face to face
In his youth John was referred to
as one of the
"sons of thunder"
In his old age you hear
none of that
no dreadful rumblings
Now he knows what is important
it is the command of Jesus
that we love one another.
LIVING IN THE TRUTH
A word of caution for a gracious lady.
II John and III John
1The elder, to the elect lady and her children, whom I love,
and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth,
2because truth abides in us and will be with us forever.
3Grace, mercy, and peace be with you from God the Father
and from Jesus, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children
walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.
5And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new
commandment to you, but that which we have had from the
beginning: that we love one another. 6This is love, that we
walk according to His commandments.
7For many deceivers have gone out and do not confess
Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. 8Look to yourselves,
that we do not lose those things we worked for. 9Whoever
does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God.
He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father
and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring
this doctrine, do not receive him 11for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. 12Having many things to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13The children of your elect sister greet you. Amen.
1The Elder, to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:
2May you prosper in all things and be in health, just as your
soul prospers. 3 I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and
testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.
4 I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth.
5Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren
and for strangers, 6who have borne witness of your love before
the church. You sent them forward on their journey in a manner
worthy of God; you do well.
9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence, does not receive us. 10 I call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words.
11Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
14 I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.
Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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