The following is an edited version of a sermon prepared and presented to Hickory United Church, The sermon was cut into two parts for easier reading.
What’s the Point?
John continues his letter with a unique statement and then some familiar sounding words. Look with me at verses 4-6. (CLICK HERE to read 2 John 1-13.)
So the familiar words are what we see in verse 5. It’s not a new command, but a command that has been with us from the beginning, Love One Another. We’ve heard this before. In fact, John writes similar words in 1 John, and suggests that as believers we are to love one another.
But it’s verse 4 and 6 stands out. Verse 4, "It has given me great joy to find some of your children WALKING IN THE TRUTH." What does that mean?
John met some of the believers from this church, who were actually doing what he said to do - LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Have you ever met someone, and after meeting them, you were like…blown away by everything about them? Kind. Gentle. Loving. They make you feel like there is something unique and different about them. They leave an impact. I think this might be a little bit of what John is talking about. The people that he meets are living in such a way that they are making a mark. John says, 'these people I've met, they're actually living the way Jesus is calling them to live
But, it more than just acting a certain way. John recognizes that it takes a little more than just living in a loving way. It also takes truth. Let's consider verses 7-11.
John says, "Don’t be deceived! Don’t be fooled!"
Don’t be tricked by the words that sound so much like TRUTH, that you abandon TRUTH and chase after a lie!
It is so easy to hear something that sound right, and step into only to find out that it's not Biblical. There's a falsehood wrapped in carefully constructed words that leads us astray because we haven't taken the time to real know the TRUTH. John cautions us to be wise and not be deceived.