John was the only remaining apostle of Jesus Christ, and desired to write a congratulatory letter aimed at encouraging believers to pouring out God’s love as each one among us keeps fighting the good fight.
“1 The Elder, 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, 2 because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever.” (2 John 1-2)
The apostle identifies himself only as “The Elder,” indicative he aging and was the only one of the twelve still living in the flesh, awaiting the Lord’s triumphant second coming.
John refers to the ministry of Jesus Christ as “the elect lady” and her children, whom he and believers love with brotherly love, Agape, for each other’s burden, and works in God’s name.
“3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 4 I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father.” (2 John 3-4)
John’ greeting calls on the Lord to provide an abundance of grace, mercy and peace to those who walk in the truth, and spread God’s love as part of our divinely appointed mission to educate and lead seekers to living water, to Christ.
Much like today, first century Christians struggled with temptation and sin. John was pleased by the efforts of a few believers within the church, and feels necessary to once again calls on us to pour out God’s love selflessly as we face temptation daily.
“5 And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. 6 This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.” (2 John 5-6)
John doesn’t cut corners when it comes to instruction. Which commandment is he eluding to? Love. We are to pour out God’s love, through prayer and with our words, our actions and our temples, given onto us by God Himself, to be used for His glory. Let’s pray!