WALKING IN TRUTH AND LOVE: 2 John 1-6

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SCRIPTURE

2 John 1-6 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:

Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. What does John call himself in verse 1 and what does he mean? Who does John address in verse 1 as the recipient(s) of the letter? Why does John say he and “all who know the truth” love the recipient(s) according to verse 2? What word does John repeat multiple times in verses 1-2 and what does this tell us about what he cares about?
  2. What do we learn about the assurance of our salvation in verse 3?
  3. According to verse 4, what are Christians “commanded by the Father” to do? Why does John “rejoice greatly”? What does it mean to “[walk] in the truth”?
  4. What does John ask of those he is writing to in verse 5? What does John mean by “not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning”? 
  5. In verse 6, how does John help us understand what it actually looks like to “love one another”? What does John mean by “walk in [the commandment]”?

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