12/06/19: 2 John 1-13; Psalm 125:1-5; Proverbs 29:9-11
When I read 2 John the first thing that struck me is how tenderly and personally this letter is constructed – from John (the elder) to “the chosen lady and her children.” Most scholars I read (including Coffman) feel that “the lady” referred to an unnamed church and “the children” are members. The theme of John’s letter is a warning of the intrusion of false teachers. And as I read I could almost feel John’s love and concern for the souls of this Body.
2 John 5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 7 I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.