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​​Epistle of Second John.
This 24th book of the Bible is written by the apostle John.   It is very likely that John wrote his epistle somewhere around A.D. nineties. John writes to express his joy in the recipients spiritual progress and to warn against the deceptive work of Satan.

In this brief epistle, John emphasizes the importance of knowing and growing in the truth of God's Word.  True devotion to Christ is compelled by who Christ is and not merely demands to serve.  Devotion to God is a direct result or outcome of God's faithfulness and graciousness to us. 

  • Note John's Commendation - vs.1-3

a.  He Is Respectful - vs.1a  ...The elder..
b.  He is Direct - vs.1b   ...the elect lady...
c. He is Connected - 1c-d.
1. His Sincerity Connects - vs1.c  ...whom I love...
2. His Serenity Connects - vs.1d   ...in the truth...
3. His Surety Connects - vs.2   ...For the truth's sake... and shall be with us...
4. His Security Connects - vs.3   ..Grace be with you...from God...
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Epistle of Second John...  Continued...​​

  • Note John's Commandment - vs.4-6

a.  The Source Of The Commandment - vs.4   ...from the Father...
b.  The Course Of The Commandment - vs.5  ...love one another...
c.  The Resource Of The Commandment - vs.6 ...ye have heard...

  • Note John's Condemnation - vs.7-11

a.  He Exposes The Deceptive Work of Satan - vs.7
1.  To Undermine The Deity of Jesus Christ - vs.7   ...who confess NOT that Jesus Christ is come...
2.  To Undermine The Duty Of Christians - vs.8   ...Look to yourselves, that we lose not...
Note The Christians Duty:
>   The Positive:  To Abide In Christ - vs.9   ...He that abideth...
>   The Negative:  Not To Confide With Antichrist - vs.10 ...receive him not...

  • Note John's Comforting - vs.12,13

a.  His Continued Interest Is Comforting - vs.12a   ...Having many things to write unto you...
b.  His Conveyed Investment Is Comforting - vs.  12b  ...I trust to come unto you...
c.  His Confident Inspiration Is Comforting - vs.13  ...Amen...

Many Christians are discouraged because they lack a sense of  accomplishment or success in their service for Christ.  Success as a goal is a cruel slave master masquerading in a deep rooted and subtle display of pride.   There is only one thing a Christian can succeed in... Faith in God (Hebrews 11:6).  Faith in God acknowledges the faithfulness of the living God.  Success is a finite  treasure. 

A biblical devotion is always instigated and nurtured  by the grace of God and is an infinite treasure of eternal value.  God's grace is the standard of service that becomes the statement of our service and life.

Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger