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"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." --- Psalm 119:105

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SECOND  JOHN

The Elect Lady
To the elect and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth. (2 John 1)

Second John is the only book of the Bible written as a personal letter to a woman . . . the Elect Lady. The book gives praise to the elect lady for walking steadfastly in the truth.

John leaves no question about the ladyís spiritual condition for he calls her the elect lady. He not only refers to her as being elect which means chosen but goes on to say that everyone who knows the truth recognizes that she is walking in the truth. What a testimony this elect lady had!

John reminds this lady that she has been noticed for her strong belief in the truth, and he offers a blessing of grace, mercy and peace to her.

This elect lady is praised because of her children. If you want to get a mother's attention and really make her day, praise her because of her children. This praise was also given because of this lady's obedience to follow Godís commands.
 
John encourages the elect lady to continue to be faithful and steadfast. However, he warns her that there will be those in her midst who will deny the saving power of Jesus Christ.

While every woman might want to claim to be the elect lady, John gives us the impression that he was also referring to the true church, the bride of Christ as the elect lady.
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To the Elect Lady
To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever. (II John 2-3)

John wrote his second book to an anonymous Christian woman who opened her home to people to meet for fellowship and worship. In the above two verses, the word "truth" is used three (3) times. In this short book, John emphasizes three dangers believers must avoid.
  • Knowing the truth but not practicing it. The word of God is meant for doing and not just knowing.
  • Practicing the truth but not defending it. Stand up for the truth you believe.
  • Going beyond the truth. Going beyond God's word is going too far. Do not add your own words to God's word.
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