October 15, 2020

Topic Day|2 John Introduction

Walk! In the Name of Love

2 John 6

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And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

Walk! In the Name of Love



Key Verse | 2 John 6

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

 

 

Bio | Kate Romero

Hi! My name is Kate Romero. The Lord has richly blessed me with my husband James, who has been my best friend since 2015. 

You will usually catch me doing a few things: serving with the re:generation ministry, staying active on a long run outside and/or burning splat points at Orange Theory Fitness, or giving into my sugar affection, *cough, cough,* addiction, by baking something delicious. I'll share my soft-baked brown sugar chocolate chip cookie recipe if you ask!

Central Truth

Walking in love means knowing who God is and choosing to walk with Him, striving to be like Him, and walking as He walked.

Devotional | 2 John Introduction

The writer of the hit Motown song "Stop! In the Name of Love" appeals to morality—the distinction between right and wrong—in its catchy plea. But what is love? And how do we...

The writer of the hit Motown song "Stop! In the Name of Love" appeals to morality—the distinction between right and wrong—in its catchy plea. But what is love? And how do we "walk in love"?

John, in his second letter, exhorts the "elect lady and her children" to remember the commandment of love, the commandment from the very beginning. In writing to one particular person and her children, John also appeals to the local church and all who abide with Christ, that we are to walk in love, which is the person of Jesus Christ. 

The question isn't so much WHAT is love, but more WHO is love? "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:7-8) Anyone who preaches anything different does not know or abide in the teaching of Christ, as John reminds us, the church, in the latter half of 2 John. 

Pastor Martin Lloyd-Jones, an expository preacher from London (1899-1981), writes about how John commonly used the phrases "walking in the light" and "walking with God" to elicit the picture of Christ as the light, the picture of complete perfection. He is the standard by which we know how to walk in love, as He is love. 

In 2 John 6, John writes, "And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it." Since God is the standard of love, His commandments give us the way to know how to walk in love.

"And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments." (1 John 2:3) Love is not about following a list of laws, but rather seeking to live in the light with Christ as fully as we can, that we might be well-pleasing in God's sight, striving to be like Him, walking with Him.

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Discussion Questions

1. 1 John 1:6-7 says, "If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin." Does your life reflect an abiding relationship with Christ?

2. With today's culture, the media, and many churches prominently "preaching" that truth is subjective, how can you be prepared, as 2 John 8 says, to "[w]atch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward"? 

3. What would it look like in your own life today to abide with Jesus Christ, walking in truth and love?

 

7 Comments available

Michael Scaman 12 days ago

Psa 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

God’s loyal lovingkindness is mentioned 248 times in the Old Testament. Lot’s pleads it in prayer first in Gen 19, David pleads it in prayer in Psalm 51.

Believers should hope in it and should be characterized by it.

Michael Scaman 12 days ago

For Question 2. Not only is truth subjective but love is subjective. What we base our loves and hopes on should be more like an anchor.

I was struck this week as I watched art historian Waldemar Januczcek walking through the Sistine chapel explaining various parts. Look up to the highest levels and some epoch portrayals of Bible passages. One of the highest levels has angels, 7 prophet men and 5 women (AKA the Sibyl prophetesses), One Sibyl being the oracle of Delphi, and another being a woman who Apollo had a crush. A mishmash of Biblical and Pagan in ‘the heavens’ of the Sistine.

The Sibyls were pagan but a supposed Nostradamus like book with what ‘they said’ about the Messiah made its way into the culture.

Adding weird subjective nonbiblical things like 'the Sibyl’s side by side with God’s word is not the way to go

Michael Scaman 12 days ago

The commandments are summed up as love God and your neighbor. A problem is as RC Sproul said without the Bible we negotiate down what love is

Psalm 119 has a just man walking in God’s ways In 1 John we walk in love. There is no contradiction, but we don’t want to negotiate down what love or truth are.

Similarly DA Carson has a book “The difficult doctrine of love” to not oversimplify it. A talk by DA Carson on it can be found here https://vimeo.com/107677363

Michael Scaman 12 days ago

I think it’s important to be careful what yo set your affections on is God centered and in line with His word, even if attractive and magnificent appearing.

In the days of the Sistine chapel. Pope Julius decorated the chapel. Isaiah said ‘his rest shall be glorious’ so Julius II made a 3 story high tomb (never used it). Magnificent paintings and tomb and buildings but also can be distraction.

Julius spokesperson preacher Giles of Viterbo spoke 5 languages and was infatuated with the same book as Madonna, the Kabala. Madonna and Giles made an impression on hearts awing folk, but not a well focused impression based on God’s word in spirit and in truth.

Sadly in that day, Dante and some Franciscans looked at Zechariah and saw it writing about Francis of Assisi also wrong impressions, a wrongly placed focus.

Sue Bohlin 13 days ago

Thank you, Kate.

Since today is an intro to 2 John, I read Dr. Constable’s notes about this letter. I learned that in his writings, John never had to pull out his “apostle card” like Paul did–his authority as an apostle was never in question as Paul’s was. Here he humbly (and sweetly, I think) refers to himself as “the elder.” This is the same man who, in his gospel, referred to himself as “the disciple that Jesus loved.” Both of these titles contain a sense of love and affection. The apostle John MARINATED in God’s love, and it comes out in his writings. Especially since he apparently wrote his gospel and his letters (and the book of Revelation) many years after he walked with Jesus, and marinated in His love all that time.

I want to marinate in the Lord’s love like John!

Greg Jones 13 days ago

Following the key verse

V7”I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

By deceivers most Bible scholars believe the elder means literal incarnate sons of the devil. See 1John3:8&10 for more of this influence on the writer.

The elder is referring to what’s known as patripassianism-It asserts that God the Father—rather than God the Son—became incarnate and suffered on the cross for humanity’s redemption.

Tertullian of the early church 165AD, credited with the doctrine of the Trinity shared the elders view of truth in this matter. “Cain was the product of satan’s seed.”(Loose translation)Of Patience5:v15.

The idea of incarnate devil is rooted in translating the Hebrew of Genesis4:1. Eve gives birth to a man-with help from the Lord. LORD there is not translated as Yahweh.

Hugh Stephenson 13 days ago

GM Kate! Love your link to The Supremes.

Reflecting today on truth and love; especially in the “modern context”.

Truth is “alētheia”; “objectively what is true in any matter under consideration”, (Strong’s).

I struggled for many years on how to regard the Bible. Early on at WCC I was taught that our faith is centered on Jesus first. Focusing on the Resurrection helped me see that Jesus is who He says He is.

In re:gen I was taught that Jesus used Scripture to resist Satan’s temptations.

So alētheia became clear.

Then the exchange between Peter and Jesus in John 21 taught me about the call of Jesus to love (agape) Him and others; https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-Peter-do-you-love-me.html

His call to truth (alētheia) is a high bar as is the call to love (agapē).

On my own I have no chance. Only in surrender to Him can I begin to understand truth and love.

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