2 John 1 Outline
– John greets the people (2 John 1:1-3)
– Loving one another in Christ (2 John 1:4-6)
– Warning against false prophets who did not acknowledge Jesus comes in flesh (2 John:7-11)
– Final greetings (2 John 1:12-13)
2 John 1 Bible Study
In 2 John 1:1-3, the apostle John is writing to Christians in all of Israel. John tells them that he loves them and want them to know the truth. God’s truth lives in our hearts when we fully obey him. God’s words will never change even after the age of this earth passed away. Everything that was prophesied will take place. God grants us peace, ,truth and love when we abide in him.
In 2 John 1:4-6, John encouraged them to love each other just as they love themselves. It is easy to say we love one another but it can be hard to do it. We must show love in every way. To love others means to be kind to others. Whenever we see someone who is in need, we cannot ignore him. An example is the story of the Good Samaritan. Samaritans are people from Samaria in Israel. Most Samarians are pagans. In the story of the Good Samaritan, a priest and a levite passed by a man bruised by robbers. They ignore him, thinking it isn’t their responsibilities to help them. Finally, a Samaritan passed by and had compassion on him. He bandaged his wround and brought him to an inn. We should be like the Samaritan, doing what we can to help the needy people.
In 2 John 1:7-11, John warns the people about those who denied Jesus Christ’s reincarnation as human being. There are many pagan religions that deny Jesus but there are also many so called Christians that deny about the birth of Jesus through the virgin Mary. If you read an article or hear someone saying they don’t believe Jesus has a human body, you must not believe him because he is the false prophet. We must always stick to the truth and not deviate from it. If we reject the truth, we will make the Holy Spirit that lives in us sad and God will no longer be with us. You should not have anything to do with people who refuse to acknowledge Jesus is fully human and fully God.
In 2 John 1:12-13, John sends the greetings from another group of followers. Very special means God’s chosen ones.