2 John 1

Greeting

1 The Elder,
To the 1 elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known a the truth,
2 because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:

3 b Grace, mercy, and peace will be with 2 you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

Walking in Truth and Love

4 I c rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. 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: d that we love one another. 6 e This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that f as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. 7 For g many deceivers have gone out into the world h who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. i This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 j Look to yourselves, k that 3 we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. 9 l Whoever 4 transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and m does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

Final Greetings

12 o that our joy may be full.

13 p The children of your elect sister greet you. Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Colossians 1:5
    Because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.
  2. Cross References
    Romans 1:7
    To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Timothy 1:2
    To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
  3. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 2:19
    For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
    1 Thessalonians 2:20
    For you are our glory and joy.
  4. Cross References
    John 13:34
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love ...
    John 13:35
    "By this all will know that you are My disciple...
    John 15:12
    This is My commandment, that you love one anoth...
    John 15:17
    These things I command you, that you love one a...
    1 John 3:11
    For this is the message that you heard from the...
    1 John 4:7
    Beloved, let us love one another, for love is o...
    1 John 4:11
    Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to l...
  5. Cross References
    John 14:15
    If you love Me, keep My commandments.
    1 John 2:5
    But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
    1 John 5:3
    For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
  6. Cross References
    1 John 2:24
    Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
  7. Cross References
    1 John 2:19
    They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
    1 John 4:1
    Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
  8. Cross References
    1 John 4:2
    By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God.
  9. Cross References
    1 John 2:22
    Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
  10. Cross References
    Mark 13:9
    But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.
  11. Cross References
    Galatians 3:4
    Have you suffered so many things in vain - if indeed it was in vain?
  12. Cross References
    John 7:16
    Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.
    John 8:31
    Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
    1 John 2:19
    They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
    1 John 2:23
    Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
    1 John 2:24
    Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
  13. Cross References
    1 Kings 13:16
    And he said, "I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place.
    Romans 16:17
    Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
    2 Thessalonians 3:6
    But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.
    2 Thessalonians 3:14
    And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.
    Titus 3:10
    Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition.
  14. Cross References
    John 17:13
    But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
  15. Cross References
    1 Peter 5:13
    She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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