II John: A Case Study in Hospitality & Christian Character
The Apostle of Love
II JOHN A Case Study In HOSPITALITY & CHRISTIAN CHARACTER
The Apostle John was a great contributor to the Bible. He wrote the Books of John, I, II & III John as well as Revelation. John refers to himself as “The disciple Jesus loved.” One can only imagine how it must have seen and felt to experience Love in action firsthand through Jesus Christ while incarnate in a body of sinless flesh. No doubt this is why all of His writing themes are full of Truth and Love. II John is the shortest Book in the New Testament! This insightful, powerful abbreviated letter is no different. Although only one chapter, its quite potent and is so short it could be considered as a memo. You can read it in a matter of moments but its contents will perhaps take a lifetime to absorb!
John encourages us to become people of Truth and people of strong Christian Character and walk in love! I & II John have a lot in common. It is in II John he discusses Christian hospitality. He also once again warns us of false teachers. John had evidently formed a strong relationship with this lady. (Some say this letter is to a lady and the church she oversees) So much so that there is an entire book in the Bible that it’s dedicated to her memory. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male or female; for you are ALL one in Christ Jesus” Galatians 3. This also confirms that the Lord values “Women in Ministry.” II John salutation is addressed to the Elect Lady and her children. But as "a lady" we each are to remain feminine and not become hard, harsh and masculine. It is not our place to try and take a place of a man. God has a different yet equal place for us... We can boldly speak, preach, proclaim, teach and live out the Word of God and still keep our femininity in tact and remain gracious. Yes we can be strong, confident in the Lord and steadfast continually growing in the Grace of our Lord. There is a plethora of marvelous examples of strong gracious God fearing women in the Word! But in these latter days there is much confusion surrounding gender. It is s very important to stay in the Word and embrace godly principles. The key verse in II John is: “And this is Love that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in Love.”
It is clear when one ponders the verses in II John as all his writings He wants to impart TRUTH. He makes sure that we are aware that there is absolutely no value in twisting the Truth! Pray for increased discernment. GOD IS TRUTH! He lets us know right away that Truth is and will be with us through FOREVER! He extends Grace, Mercy and Peace to us from God the Father and Jesus Christ as well!
John’s excitement is evident here because of what He sees this dear lady and her children doing. He assures them that they will be rewarded for their sincerity. He applauds them for their steadfastness in the Faith. He knows the importance of standing upon the Word of God. On the other hand he says: “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, DO NOT take them into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in His wicked work…” Taken by face value this sounds quite crass and insensitive. To some it may appear as though he is unloving. Since John is undisputedly know as “The APOSTLE of LOVE,” we know or one can surmise this is not the case. Here is an example that when Truth is compromised often sentimentalism wins over True Love. It is because we love must stand firm in the faith. Don't buckle or waiver when opposed when you are standing upon truth! No doubt John knows what he is talking about! He adamantly makes no bones about the importance of not supporting false teachings… The Word is still true if we except it or not. The wonderful thing about God is He did not make us robots. He allows us the right to choose.
There are times at any given moment from and exterior view one can assume that one is judgmental, uncaring or unloving… From their perspective you or I should perhaps do something differently rather than respond the way in which we have or have not? Or possibly accused of being self righteous? There will be times when we will be misunderstood and or persecuted. Disagreements are inevitable! What is key is how we handle them. This is why we are extended Grace, Mercy and Peace so we are able to bear up under the scrutiny of others and not compromise when you know what’s the right thing to do!
II John is teaching us that things go much deeper than what they appear. We must be careful not to sanction heresy, gossip or falsehoods. False teachers and teachings were rampart then and persist today as well. This is why there is so much trouble within God's Church. Not because of any fault on the Lord's part! But because mankind continues to adjust the WORD of GOD to accommodate the latest trends and lifestyles of the world. Spend some quality time in the Word and allow the Lord to reveal to you a lifestyle centered upon Him. If you closely study the Word you will discover anytime mankind chooses the world's standards over God's there is worldwide chaos! Look around you.
We as Believers must return to the WORD as our standard of daily living and encourage others to do so as well! This is what Christianity is all about. The Lord does not work in the dark nor does He use manipulation… He does not have to. God wants us to have unity in Him, not in what's wrong. Supporting wrong is what keeps others stuck in mediocrity... There is no fellowship between darkness and LIGHT! This is why we personally need to know the Word of God for ourselves. John tells us God wants us as HIS children to be Happy, Holy, Safe, Secure and to walk in Faithfulness to His Word. GOD’S WORD of Truth is the foundation of ALL our Christian principles.
Remember this from I John we can have true Security & Significance in the Lord!
"We know that we are children of GOD, and that the whole world is under control of the evil one. We know also that the SON of GOD has come and has given us understanding. so that we may know HIM who is true. And we are in HIM who is true ~ even in HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. HE IS THE TRUE GOD and ETERNAL LIFE..." l JOHN 4
Trust God and daily "Walk in the LIGHT!"
- III John A Case Study in Hospitality & Character
III John, is a wonderful Book of the New Testament about fellowship! It is the third in a series; I, II & III John are all written by the Apostle John. Although the size of a memo; a mere thirteen verses, it is rather great as far as substance. I