The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth (and not only I but also all who have known the truth) because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: grazia, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, in truth and love.
general index of the series on the Second Letter of John
I was very pleased to have found some of your children walking in truth, according to the commandment we have received from the Father. And now please, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment, but what we had from the beginning: let us love one another! In this is love: that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment which you have to walk as you have learned from the beginning.
(2 John 1-6 – The Bible)
An elderly man wrote to a lady and her children…
Starting a bit’ strange true?
In fact the expression used by John (who always has been traditionally associated with this letter) It seems to indicate more his position of responsibility in the church than his age, although it is possible that at the time of writing this letter John had, however, already a certain age.
As for the elect lady it is unlikely to be a person of flesh and bones considering the lack of personal references in the content of the letter. Even the final greetings “The children of your chosen sister greet you” they mostly think of two churches that John personifies as if they were two sisters.
Because John did this? We do not know but it is possible that he used these terms a bit’ cryptic to prevent recipients were identified and persecuted, in the case where the letter had been intercepted. In addition, the letter seems meant to be a circular letter rather than addressed to an individual or to a specific group. Then, every church would receive a letter from another church with their greetings already included in the text.
One way or another, nothing changes in the interpretation of the letter. In fact, the content of the letter is quite clear why we are sure that these children are referred to by the Christians to whom John was very fond.
These verses show an important concept for Giovanni: all those who know the truth are somehow united by the same love for each other.
For the love that John felt for these people he was related to the truth that they shared. Unlike what we tend to think, truth and love
I am intimately connected to the point that it makes no sense to speak of true love without truth and, at the same time, We can not claim to have known the truth if we do not love.
In 1 Gv 3:23 we had read: “This is his commandment,: who we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and we love one another according to the commandment which he gave us.”. Even then John showed faith in Jesus Christ and love for each other as two sides of the same coin.
For John was glad to see that some of them were walking in the truth, a phrase that implies a behavior consistent with the truth professed.
The love for each other was certainly the most obvious sign of this journey in the truth. For what could be the commandment that believers had known from the beginning, if not what Jesus himself had left his disciples? “I give you a new commandment: That ye love one another. As I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34).
It was therefore not a new commandment but a commandment that they knew very well. The practice of this commandment, learned from the beginning, it was essential to distinguish those who knew the truth, and then they wanted to walk in the truth. It was therefore essential that all believers to whom John was addressing, not just some, They would take seriously the words of Jesus. Those who love God and keep his commandments:, Consequently, He loves those who share the truth of Jesus Christ.
But what was the truth that united them? John knew that all Christians could count on grace, mercy and peace that come from having a relationship with God the Father only achievable through the knowledge of the Son, Jesus Christ. There could be no knowledge of the truth without the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
In fact, as we'll see in the second part of the letter, there were also people who were trying to infiltrate the Christians, but believers should be able to identify them and avoid relationships with them. Love was basic but could not ignore the truth.
Let us love one another! This is what we too must continue to do if we profess to know the truth and we want to walk in the truth. Who I am “one another”? We can love all human beings in the same way? In a sense, the Christian must show love and kindness to all, but this commandment refers in particular to the love that Christians should have towards each other, a love that is based on the truth that unites them.
We recognize those who share the truth of Jesus Christ, those who are our brothers because they are children of the same Father? May God give us the wisdom to recognize them and love them as he has commanded us because truth and love must always go hand in hand.----------------------
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