Truth and Love: 2 John 1-6

2 John 1-6 “The elder, To the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in the truth — and not I only, but also all who know the truth— 2 because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love. 4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 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.”

2 Giovanni 1-6 « L’anziano alla signora eletta e ai suoi figli che io amo nella verità (e non solo io ma anche tutti quelli che hanno conosciuto la verità) a motivo della verità che dimora in noi e sarà con noi in eterno: grazia, misericordia e pace saranno con noi da parte di Dio Padre e di Gesù Cristo, il Figlio del Padre, nella verità e nell’amore.Mi sono molto rallegrato di aver trovato fra i tuoi figli alcuni che camminano nella verità, secondo il comandamento che abbiamo ricevuto dal Padre. E ora ti prego, signora, non come se ti scrivessi un comandamento nuovo, ma quello che abbiamo avuto fin dal principio: amiamoci gli uni gli altri! In questo è l’amore: che camminiamo secondo i suoi comandamenti. Questo è il comandamento in cui dovete camminare come avete imparato fin dal principio.”


     John writes this letter in the literary form of a personification “to the chosen lady and her children” (v. 1; cf. vv. 4-5). No personal names are found in 2 John but the code language implies he is referring to the church. The idea of personification is used in the Bible to describe the church or the people of God in other ways, i.e. “the body of Christ” or “the daughter of Zion”. Both are feminine compliments to their relationship to God.

     The message in the first part of this epistle involves the common concerns faced in other epistles. The two issues are “truth” (vv. 1-4) and “love” (vv.1, 3, 5-6). Both must be guarded and maintained in order to receive “grace, mercy and peace from God, the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son” (v. 3). What aspect of truth is John referring to here? As a possessive literary form, the phrase “the Father’s Son” is intentionally used to draw attention to the truth of the deity of Christ which some had rejected  by embracing outside philosophies. The second part of this epistle enlarges on this point.

     The “love” referred to here is the love of walking together with others in obedience to His commands (vv. 5-6). John urges them that by knowing the truth they should love one another. It is in the powerful work of Jesus Christ who provided forgiveness for our sins that we can truly love one another. Many of the issues that any church faces can be resolved quickly if the believers would determine to follow this simply guideline of truth and love.

Pray with me: Lord, I am reminded in this passage the invaluable lesson of following after truth and love. Help me to stay on course as I serve You in the church.

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