John Chapter 1
verses for this week: Dan
3:17 If it be so, our
God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery
furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. Dan 3:18
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not
serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Last week, as we finished up I John, we saw some scriptures
that made it very clear that the believer can know that he or she
has eternal life. God
gave us these scriptures and the Holy Spirit to allow us to have
total confidence in His promises.
We begin and conclude our study of II John which has just the
John 1:1 The elder unto
the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I
only, but also all they that have known the truth;
John 1:2 For the
truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
John starts this letter by identifying himself as an elder.
All of the apostles were considered elders.
This term signified preacher as we found in our study of I
1 Pet 5:1
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an
elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a
partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
I believe that John was also up in years as these books were
written, given further credence to the term as we think of an older
person as an elder today.
Note how it is addressed to the ‘elect lady’ and her
children. Who was this elect lady?
It could have been someone that John knew who was a woman,
but most likely had reference to the New Testament church. As we study this book, I think we will find
instructions for every true New Testament church today.
He addresses them as ‘whom I love in truth.” We have talked in recent weeks how Christian brethren
should show love one to another, and we should really love those who
hold to the truth of God’s Word.
All who know the Lord will indeed love this ‘elect lady’
if it is the Church of Jesus Christ.
God’s word will endure all time as John points out in verse
1 Pet 1:25
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the
word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy
righteous judgments endureth for ever.
LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast
established the earth, and it abideth.
J. Vernon McGee pointed out that the word Elder had dual
meanings in the Greek.
The Greek word for “elder” is presbuteros
(presbyter), and it has a twofold meaning. It can mean a senior
citizen, referring to age, or it can be a title, referring to an
office in the church, a minister or a teacher. I am sure that John
is primarily calling himself an elder, speaking of his office in the
church. I think he also infers the fact that he is now an old man.
He is actually up in his nineties, approaching one hundred, as he
writes this epistle. Notice that John does not call upon his office
as an apostle. I think the reason is quite obvious: the one to whom
he is writing accepts his authority. All he calls himself here is
“the elder.” 
John 1:3 Grace be with
you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus
Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
John declares that Jesus is the Son of the Father.
How we all are in need of God’s Grace and mercy every day
of our life.
Matthew Henry made a comment about how all blessings truly
flow from the Heavenly Father.
love pours out blessings upon this honourable Christian family; to
those who have shall more be given. Observe,
1. From whom these blessings are craved, (1.) From God
the Father, the God of all grace. He is the fountain of blessedness,
and of all the blessings that must bring us thither. (2.) From the
Lord Jesus Christ. He is also author and communicator of these
heavenly blessings, and he is distinguished by this emphatic
character—the Son of the Father; such a Son as none else can be;
such a Son as is the brightness of the Father’s glory, and the
express image of his person, who, with the Father, is also eternal
life, 1 Jn. 1:2. 
The Children of this “Elect Lady” Walk in the Truth
John 1:4 I rejoiced
greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have
received a commandment from the Father.
John 1:5 And now I
beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto
thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one
John rejoiced that the children of the ‘elect lady’ were
walking in the truth. To
walk in truth infers that we are following the commandments of the
God. We read last
week in our study of Chapter 5 that there are no grievous
means that everything written in God’s Word is for our own
benefit. These children
were following in the footsteps of their Lord Jesus Christ.
There is no greater model that we can pattern our lives after
than that of the Master.
When we start thinking like Jesus thought, we will be
concerned daily with “Not my will, but thine be done.”
These were walking by the commandment God had given them.
Again we are commanded in verse 5 to love one another.
3:3 Can two walk
together, except they be agreed?
Amos points out that if we want to walk with God, we have to
agree with Him, and that means making our lives into the kind that
are worthy. We
need to have soft hearts and be soft clay in the potters hands.
The kind that the Heavenly Father can mold into the kind of
man or woman that will bring honor to Christ.
John encourages these to love one another.
When we walk according to the commandments, we will love one
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another;
as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye
have love one to another.
John 1:6 And this is
love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment,
That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
If we do truly love the Lord, we will walk according to His
Words and follow the commandments.
When your heart’s desire is to please the Heavenly Father,
there is pain when you sin and feel that loss of fellowship.
True love for God will cause a person to do more for God than
all the laws we could come up with or try to enforce.
When we truly love the Lord, we will do a lot for the cause
of Christ. And be
happy while we are doing it.
We don’t do this to maintain or salvation or to try and win
rewards, but we do it because of the debt we feel towards God for
what Christ has done for us. I
just read this verse in Psalms in my weekly reading of the bible,
and we can see why David loved the Lord.
I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my
Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I
call upon him as long as I live.
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat
hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech
thee, deliver my soul.
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is
The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he
Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt
bountifully with thee.
For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from
tears, and my feet from falling.
Warning Against False Teachers
John 1:7 For many
deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus
Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
John 1:8 Look to
yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but
that we receive a full reward.
John was quick to warn those in the church that there were
many false teachers in the world… his term for them was deceivers.
My family has been telling me about dealing with several of
the cults who are coming around and trying to lure away believers to
their false teachings. Anyone
who denies the deity of Jesus Christ is a deceiver and an
may talk smoothly, but they peddle a false religion that can not
deliver a man’s soul from Hell.
Only Jesus has the power over death and the grave, and unless
we come through Him we have no hope of eternal life.
All believers in the Old Testament had faith that Jesus would
come, and we look back now knowing he has come and provided
salvation for us by his death there on Calvary.
In Hebrews it talks about the works of Abraham when he was
willing to sacrifice Isaac on Mt. Moriah, but Abraham was not
justified by those works. Forty
years before that, he was justified by faith.
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he
that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son.
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining
to the flesh, hath found?
For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to
glory; but not before God.
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it
was counted unto him for righteousness.
The false teachers were teaching that Jesus did not come in
the flesh. Every person
who denies the virgin birth of Christ is effectively saying that
God’s Son did not come in the flesh.
To say that Christ could have sinned while here on earth is
denying the truth of God’s Son.
John again calls these people deceivers and an antichrist.
Verse 8 implies that the ‘elect lady’ and her children
had attained some things in their efforts for the Lord. Note the way John says “Lose not those things which
WE have wrought.” All
of us should be in the battle for the Lord, and be concerned that
each of us by faith stays in the battle.
Satan is there to pick off the weak ones.
If we neglect one service to the Lord, Satan can easily trick
us into skipping the second. Pretty
soon he has us right where he wants us… isolated and fearful
because we have not by faith stayed close to the Lord.
Satan has always been a liar and tempter.
What was his first question… “Hath God said?”
Always questioning God and his authority.
Some of the deceivers followed after John and denied the very
things he had taught.
John 1:9 Whosoever
transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not
God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the
Father and the Son.
To abide in the doctrine of Christ is proof that a person is
saved and has God.
When we deny Christ, we are denying the Heavenly Father since
they are in essence one.
John 1:10 If there come
any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your
house, neither bid him God speed:
John 1:11 For he that
biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
John warns the ‘elect lady’ and her children about
receiving these deceivers into their home.
The method these people (false religions) use is to go from
door to door to peddle their false doctrines.
We are warned here that we are not to receive these false
teachers into our homes nor or we to bid them God speed.
To do so is to be a partaker of their evil deeds.
Recently my son and I were confronted by a very smooth
talking elderly man who was talking about the great blessings of the
Lord and what all God was going to do for us.
I certainly could not find anything wrong in those things.
I asked to see his booklet that he wanted to give us.
It was put out by the Watchtower.
That made me realize that this man was one of those false
teachers known as Jehovah Witnesses. They deny the very one they claim to stand up for.
They deny that Jesus is God, and don’t take God’s Word
literally in regards to Christ.
I gave the man his book back and told him that we served
Jesus Christ, and that we had no need for his false teaching. He then claimed that he believed Jesus was the son of
God. (Which is not
their teaching at all.) When
asked if he would like to discuss this belief with his other church
members, he was ready to leave.
When these false teachers come, we are commanded to not
receive them into our house. I
think we should witness to them all, and be sure we know what we
believe. But when false
teachers come claiming a new and better revelation through Joseph
Smith (Mormons) or that Jehovah is God and Christ is just a good
man, you had better be careful.
Remember who empowers these kind of people.
To bid these people Godspeed is to be a partaker of their
Adam Clark in his teachings said this about verse 11
Is partaker of his evil deeds—He that acts towards him as if he considered him a
Christian brother, and sound in the faith, puts it in his power to
deceive others, by thus apparently accrediting his ministry. No
sound Christian should countenance any man as a Gospel minister, who
holds and preaches erroneous doctrines; especially concerning the
Lord Jesus. Nor can any Christian attend the ministry of such
teachers without being criminal in the sight of God. He who attends
their ministry is, in effect, bidding them God speed; no matter
whether such belong to an established Church, or to any congregation
of dissenters from it. But what St. John says here does not mean
that we should deny such the common offices of humanity, charity,
and mercy. No. In these offices we are equally bound to all men; far
less does it intimate that we should persecute such on account of
their heretical or heterodox sentiments. No. This right has God
given to no man, to no Church, to no state. They who persecute
others, even for the worst heretical opinions, may expect the
heaviest judgments of Almighty God.
John 1:12 Having many
things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but
I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may
John 1:13 The children
of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
John had many things to say to this ‘elect lady’ and her
children, but says he was going to save much of it and come and
speak face to face with them.
There is great joy in seeing one another in person, and get
to speak with one another about what God has been doing in our
lives. John sends
them all greetings, probably from another ‘elect sister’ meaning
another New Testament Church.
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