Especially dangerous would it be for the matron and her family. New International Version (NIV). Confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.--Rather, confess not Jesus Christ coming in flesh. John 2:4. He is not speaking of those who had never heard or been instructed in the doctrine of Christ; they would be less dangerous. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: y every spirit that confesses that z Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit a that does not confess Jesus is not from God. 1 John 4:2 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: y every spirit that confesses that z Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, Read more Share Copy John The Word Became Flesh. Receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.--These are no terms of ordinary politeness, which the Apostle does not forbid, but terms of close Christian intimacy and spiritual communion, the deliberate cultivation of personal acquaintance, fraternal intercourse. The Second Epistle of John, often referred to as Second John and often written 2 John or II John, is a book of the New Testament attributed to John the Evangelist, traditionally thought to be the author of the other two epistles of John, and the Gospel of John (though this is disputed). (8) Look to yourselves.--For the triple "we" in this verse, read "ye." John the Baptist was baptizing so many people that having enough room in the water was a concern (John 3:23). The false teaching present among them is a spiritualizing christology that may tempt some members to discount teachings about the incarnation and death of Jesus the Christ; cf. An ordinance, injunction, command, law. Not as though.--See the Notes on 1John 2:7-8; 1John 3:11. The reward would be the peace of God which passeth all understanding, the blessed stability, firmness, and joy which truth and love communicate. Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular. Some interpreters see the lady not as an individual but as a symbol of the church as a whole or of a local body of believers. It has only thirteen verses. 2 John 4. 1John 4:2-3.) All rights reserved worldwide. (Comp. (10) If there come.--The construction implies that it was the case. Chapter 1. It could meanthat the person was old. The case supplies an important instruction in the theory of Christian social conduct. CHAPTER 4. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out. confess not Jesus Christ coming in flesh. ), (2 d.) This is the commandment.--The sum of all God's commandments for us is this: that we should be doers of the word which we have heard since first Christ began to fulfil the Law and the Prophets, and not of any other. But the writer was an *elder overall the churches in a large area.Much of this letter is like John’s first letter. 1John 2:23; 1John 5:12. 1 Jn 4:2. (Comp. (4) I rejoiced . The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou. From the base of timoria; a child. 3 e All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (Comp. Notes on 2 Thessalonians are in a separate post. - I rejoice greatly that I have found (certain) of thy children walking in truth. 1 * Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself was not baptizing, just his disciples), * 3 he left Judea and returned to Galilee.. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob … (Comp. Calmly happy or well-off; impersonally, especially as salutation, be well. John calls the lady in 2 John “the elect” because she believed in Jesus Christ and was therefore saved; she was a member of the universal Church. An authoritative prescription. It seemed like a good idea to focus on one at a time. The Greek implies the idea only, without reference to time. 2 Tim 1:4. 4 f In him was life, 1 and g the life was the light of men. Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find. …, 1 Thessalonians 3:6-10 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: …. Galatians 3:1-4; Galatians 4:11.). The Presbyter encourages community members to show their Christianity by adhering to the great commandment of mutual love and to the historical truth about Jesus. Confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. It might have been thought that love would be a vague immeasurable feeling, differing chiefly in intensity; but the Christian disposition which is described as love is that practical and enlightened result of faith which naturally acts and expresses itself by following God's will in all things. All development from what He said, or from what we have repeated from Him is disobedience and error. Which we (or, ye) have wrought.--Their faith, hope, love, and the growth of the Christian graces. But, as short as it is, it is full of important things, and I think the verse I have just read is one of them. (2 h.) Practical direction (2John 1:10-11). .--Comp. It implies purity, because it is modelled on the love of God, and has abjured the old man. 4 Jesus saith unto her, a Woman, what have I to do with thee? Each localchurch had its leaders who were the ‘elders’. Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular. (Comp. To the lady chosen by God and to 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. The Revised Version is certainly right in rendering εὕρηκα "I have found" rather than "I found;" and it is probably right in rendering ἐχάρην "I rejoice" rather than "I rejoiced." Matthew 21:9; 1Timothy 1:18; 1Timothy 5:24; 2Timothy 3:7; 2Timothy 3:14; Titus 1:9. 1 a In the beginning was b the Word, and c the Word was with God, and d the Word was God. In, on, among. Whether John was writing to “an elect lady”—i.e., a real person—or a church is a more difficult problem to assess. .--Rather, the deceiver, and the antichrist--i.e., among all the human errors by which the influence of the Evil One is manifested, this is the most destructive. As we have received a commandment.--That is, walking according to the revelation of God's will in Christ Jesus. (Comp. Romans 1:8; 1Corinthians 1:4; 2Corinthians 1:3; Ephesians 1:3; Philippians 1:3; Colossians 1:3. 2Corinthians 6:16.). You. The highest sort of Christian brotherly love--love, that is, in its fulness and truth--can only find reciprocity in the same atmosphere of Christ, on the same basis, and in the same characteristics. Colossians 3:24; Galatians 4:2.). What does John 2:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑] In modern English, Jesus' response to His mother comes across as blunt, even rude. This is . Malachi 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. The ground of his love for the matron and her family was that they held to the truth. Early Christians received the second epistle of John from the aged apostle in the latter quarter of the first century. Themes By Chapter. 1 Thessalonians 2:19,20 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Those who adopt such errors are the most fatal deceivers and opponents of Christ and truth. A full reward.--The diminution of the reward would be in proportion to the gravity of the error. He is proportionately anxious that they should not go beyond it through evil influences. Jesus saith unto her, woman Calling her "woman", as it was no ways contrary to her being a virgin, ( Galatians 4:4) , so it was no mark of disrespect; it being an usual way of speaking with the Jews, when they showed the greatest respect to the person spoken to; and was used by our Lord when he addressed his mother with the greatest tenderness, and strongest affection, ( John 19:26) . Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? NIV, Storyline Bible, Comfort Print: Each Story Plays a Part. (Comp. 2 John 13-1 Peter 5:13. 3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Matthew 7:28; Matthew 16:12; Matthew 22:33; Mark 1:22; Mark 4:2; Mark 12:38; John 8:31; Acts 2:42; Acts 5:28.). The elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but … prudent, and he shall know them? 4 He had to * pass through Samaria. 4 1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 13 All the saints greet you. Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 1st Person Singular. From peri and pateo; to tread all around, i.e. Walk in truth (1–4) Love others and obey God (5–6) Beware false teachers (7–11) Look forward to a visit (12–13) More pages related to 2 John. From kata and hos; just as, that. Of thy children.--Probably those met at home. Just as in the Gospel of John the author does not explicitly identify himself with the Apostle John, so here he prefers the designation the elder. (2 100) (6) The attitude of love in general, whether towards God or man, is best defined and described as "walking after God's commandments." Apparently a primary word; a 'father'. If any interpret the exhortations to love in the Epistles of St. John too liberally, or by too low a measure, this passage is a wholesome corrective. There are act… Entered into the world.--Comp. Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because. The, the definite article. 2 John Themes × Go Go. Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. (Comp. mine hour is not yet come. According to the manner in which, in the degree that, just as, as. (John 4:23-24, NIV) "The woman said, 'I know that Messiah' (called Christ) 'is coming. Look at it, when you go home, and you will find it so. A primary verb; to be 'cheer'ful, i.e. The appearance of deceivers is the reason for this warning against false progress. (Comp. NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture. 2 Cor 13:13. I rejoiced greatly that I found of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. (7) Deceivers.--"Those who cause others to wander." Beloved Children, The book from which my text is taken, is the shortest in the Bible. As we will argue for 1 John and have argued for the Gospel, the place of writing was probably Ephesus. The expression would include both those who denied that Jesus was the Messiah, and those who, for Gnostic theories, held Him to be only a phantom, declaring the Incarnation to be an impossibility. In applying this teaching to modern times we should remember (1) that St. John is only speaking of those who deliberately deprave the doctrine of Christ in its great outlines; (2) that there may be much in ourselves, in our systems, in our quarrels, in our incrustations of divine truth, in our want of the sense of proportion in dealing with divine things, which may have hindered others from receiving Christ. 2 John 1:4. 1 John 4 New International Version << 1 John 3 | 1 John 4 | 1 John 5 >> The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Antichrist. (2 b.) 1 John 1:4. (Comp. 1John 2:19; 1John 4:1. It implies humility, because it distrusts itself, relies on God, and thinks more of the other than of itself. The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all … 4 Beloved, t do not believe every spirit, but u test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for v many w false prophets x have gone out into the world. For Sunday, January 6 we’re studying two somewhat similarly-themed texts: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 and 2 John 4-11. 2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. Hath not God.--Comp. (11) Is partaker of his evil deeds.--Condones his false doctrine; puts himself in a position to accept it; shares the guilt of his disloyalty by sympathising with him; and in this way lowers his whole moral standard, doing an injury to "God, Christ, the Church, the truth, individual communities, and his own soul." 2 He was in the beginning with God. for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. John 2:4. The result of the error would be loss of the fellowship with the Father and the Son in truth and love. Walk at large; figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow. 4 # 3 John 3, 4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. It could mean that the people respected him as amature man. Quick outline of 2 John. St. John was dealing with facts. (2 a.) Progression beyond Christ's teaching, a sign of the absence of God; refusal to go beyond His lines a proof of the presence of Father and Son. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. John 13:14; John 15:12; 1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 5:2; 1Peter 4:8; 1John 3:11; 1John 3:23; 1John 4:7; 1John 4:21.). I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children — That is, some of thy children; walking in truth — In a manner agreeable to the gospel. Walking in truth.--Comp. ), The doctrine of Christ.--That which Christ taught. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc. And his reason is evidently chiefly the religious welfare of the matron and her family. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady— # 1 John 2:7 not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning— # See 1 John 3:11 that we love one another. A child, descendent, inhabitant. 2 John Themes. Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Plural. See How They All Connect. The elect lady and her children refers to a particular local church at some distance from the community where the author is living at the time. (John 4:13-14, NIV) "A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. The overall theme of 2 John closely parallels 1 John’s theme of a “recall to the fundamentals of the faith” or “back to the basics of Christianity” (verses 4-6). Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural. 2 John 4King James Version (KJV) 4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. 4 It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth,(A) just as the Father commanded us. I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children — That is, some of thy children; walking in truth — In a manner agreeable to the gospel. Philippians 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. (5) Love is the Christian's moral disposition of mind, which embraces all other virtues and graces. This doctrine.--See 2John 1:9. The Samaritan Woman. Here are my notes on the verses from 2 John: BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT: The very short… (Comp. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and take your Bible knowledge to a new level this year! 2 John 1:4. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. It looks like the idiomatic "epistolary aorist," of which we have had probable instances in 1 John 2:21 and 26. 2 John 1:2 because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever: It is interesting that … Presumably the Christian community to which he wrote knew who he was. 2 John – Walking In the Truth “This epistle is more remarkable for the spirit of Christian love which it breathes than for anything else. Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? JOHN 4:1-3 1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again for Galilee. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] The sudden increase in Jesus' ministry would have attracted attention from the Pharisees. It implies faith, because it is founded on Christian principle, and can only be tested by a right belief. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, NT Letters: 2 John 1:4 I rejoice greatly that I have found (2J iiJ 2Jn ii jn 2 jo). Although it would be possible to love unbelievers, in the sense of earnestly desiring that they might come to a knowledge of the truth, it would be wrong--for sincere Christians it would be impossible--to hold out to them the right hand of fellowship. The Book of 2 John is also a strong warning to be on the lookout for deceivers who were going about saying that Christ had not actually risen in the flesh. NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible. Here it means that the writer is a leader in the church. 2Timothy 3:6.). Verse 4. The vast bulk of NT scholars prefer the view that the author is writing to a church. For their protection the Presbyter forbids … When Jesus reprimands Mary, calling her "woman" (gunai) rather than "mother" (meter), He implies that He is not conforming to her authority but acting under His Heavenly Father's authority.This statement establishes that Mary, even as His physical mother, has no authority over Jesus, destroying any belief that urges us to pray to Mary to intercede for us. Purpose of Writing: The Book of 2 John is an urgent plea that the readers of John’s letter should show their love for God and His son Jesus by obeying the commandment to love each other and live their lives in obedience to the Scriptures. 2 John is being written to warn a “sister” congregation some distance away of the missionary efforts of the secessionist false teachers, and the dangers of wel… I rejoice greatly that I have found (certain) of thy children walking in truth. The "many deceivers" mentioned in 2 John 1:1:7 stand in this letter opposed to the "certain of thy children walking in the truth," as mentioned in 2 John 1:1:4, with the possible interpretation that both those walking faithfully and the deceivers were children of a single congregation. He referred to himself as "the elder" and is certainly the last apostle living at the time. For John, the basics of Christianity are summarized by adherence to the truth (verse 4), love (verse 5), and obedience (verse 6).  "Every spirit which confesseth": Not that the confession of this point of faith alone, is, at all times, and in all cases, sufficient; but that with relation to that time, and for that part of the Christian doctrine, which was then particularly to be confessed, taught, and maintained … 4 longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy. (9) Transgresseth.--Rather, goeth beyond. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. ALL. 1John 2:24.). At the start of the letter, the writer calls himself the‘*elder’. 1John 4:7; 1John 4:16. John 8:12; 1John 1:6-7; 1John 2:6; 3John 1:3-4. It implies unselfishness, because it desires the good of the other for his own sake and God's. (2 e.) The appearance of deceivers is the reason for this warning against false progress (2John 1:7). 2 Tim 4:21 He means those who deliberately altered the Apostolic teaching. What does John 4:2 mean? (a) I receive, get, (b) I take, lay hold of. 1John 2:26; 1John 4:1-6; 1Timothy 4:1.). God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth." St. Paul held the same view (Romans 16:17; Galatians 1:8-9; Titus 3:10-11; and, in regard to morals, 1Corinthians 5:11; 1Corinthians 16:22). . . There are three ways that we can use the word ‘*elder’. 5 His mother saith unto … This is a quirk of translating from one language to another. 13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, Mark. 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