2 John chapter 1

John the Evangelist greets the chosen lady and her children. He urges them to believe that Jesus Christ had a real body and was not just a spirit.





VERSE 1. The elder, to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not I only, but also all those who know the truth,

the chosen lady. The “chosen lady” might be a person. Or she might be the church.

and her children. If “the chosen lady” is the church, these would be the members of the church.

whom I love. Christian leaders need to love their people. That is the foundation.


VERSE 2. for the truth’s sake, which remains in us, and it will be with us forever:

for the truth’s sake. A Christian leader is motivated by the truths of the Christian revelation.

In those days, two heretical movements had arisen within among believers:

  • Docetism
  • Gnosticism

Both saw “physical” as bad and “spirit” as good. Both claimed that Jesus was only a spirit. They insisted God would not stoop to the level of our material realm.

John the Evangelist is writing about the truth that Jesus Christ was a flesh-and-blood bodily human, and not just a spirit.

be with us forever:

Matthew 28:20. “teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.


VERSE 3. Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

be with us. John the Evangelist speaks at their level, as a fellow believer. He does not speak down to them as a power-figure.




VERSE 4. I rejoice greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, even as we have been commanded by the Father.

This verse is fantastic! Would you consider memorizing it? More great verses to memorize from the Second Letter of John and from the entire Bible.

some of your children. Only “some” of the people in the church were walking in the truth.

That seems to be true of every congregation. The “wheat” and the “weeds” exist simultaneously.

walking in truth. The Christian faith is not based on myths or legends or archetypes. It is not centered on the doing of good deeds. Rather, it is centered on truth. That truth is Jesus Christ:

John 14:6. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.


VERSE 5. Now I beg you, dear lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

love one another:

John 13:34-35. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

1 John 2:8. Again, I write a new commandment to you, which is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away and the true light already shines.

1 John 3:11. For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;

2 John 1:5. Now I beg you, dear lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.


VERSE 6. This is love, that we should walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, even as you heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.

walk according to his commandments. What are the commands of Jesus Christ?


VERSE 7. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don’t confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist.

deceivers have gone out. John the Evangelist is referring to the two heretical movements that had arisen within among believers:

  • Docetism
  • Gnosticism

See our comments about them in verse 2 above.


VERSE 8. Watch yourselves, that we don’t lose the things which we have accomplished, but that we receive a full reward.

don’t lose the things. If we embrace an heretical teaching, we will lose the good things we have in Jesus Christ.


VERSE 9. Whoever transgresses and doesn’t remain in the teaching of Christ, doesn’t have God. He who remains in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

doesn’t remain in the teaching. John the Evangelist says if we do not remain in the teaching of Jesus Christ, we do NOT have God.

What does he mean?

  • Such a person was never ever saved?
  • People can lose their eternal salvation?

remains in the teaching. If we follow the teachings of Christ, we are among his people.


VERSE 10. If anyone comes to you, and doesn’t bring this teaching, don’t receive him into your house, and don’t welcome him,

doesn’t bring this teaching. That is, anyone who does not believe Jesus Christ was a flesh-and-blood physical human.


VERSE 11. for he who welcomes him participates in his evil deeds.




VERSE 12. Having many things to write to you, I don’t want to do so with paper and ink, but I hope to come to you, and to speak face to face, that our joy may be made full.

that our joy may be made full. The Christian revelation is meant to give JOY!


VERSE 13. The children of your chosen sister greet you. Amen.


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