The words TRUTH and LOVE
are found over and over again
in the first six verses of 2 John.
“The Elder (a spirituality mature John)
To the elect lady
(a chosen woman of God)
and her children (her chosen children)
whom I LOVE in TRUTH,
(In the recognition that Jesus is Lord)
and not only I,
but also all those who have
known the TRUTH (the Son of God)
because of the TRUTH
which abides in us (the Holy Spirit)
and will be with us forever:
Grace, mercy, and peace
will be with you from God the Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ,
the Son of the Father, in TRUTH and LOVE
(eternally attached to Him).
I rejoiced greatly
that I have found some of your children
walking in TRUTH
(Some of her children truly know God)
as we received
commandment from the Father.
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:
that we LOVE one another.
This is LOVE -
that we walk according to His commandments.
This is the commandment,
that as you have heard from the beginning,
you should walk in it.”
II John 1:1-6
Those who know Christ
keep God’s commandments
close to their hearts.
And all of God’s commandments
rest on these two laws,
“You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, with all your soul,
and with all your mind.’
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like it:
‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
On these two commandments
hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Brethren, do not be deceived by the world,
and their wicked precepts and deeds.
There is no such thing as universal love,
for those who don’t know Christ
can not truly love.
They do not even know what love is.
This is the truth, and I share it in love -
there is a universal Church
comprised of all people who believe that Jesus is Lord.
They believe Jesus is the Son of God,
who died on the cross as our final sacrifice
to bear the guilt and pay the penalty
of the sin of the world.
The universal Church
believes that Jesus conquered death
at His resurrection.
According to the second chapter
of the Acts of the Apostles,
the universal Church came into existence
on the Day of Pentecost
and will be taken from the earth
when the dead in Christ are resurrected.
“Do not want be ignorant, brethren,
concerning those who have fallen asleep,
lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so God will bring with Him
those who sleep in Jesus.
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive and remain until
the coming of the Lord
will by no means precede those who are asleep.
For the Lord Himself
will descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of an archangel,
and with the trumpet of God.
And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive and remain
shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Just like John,
a person who is mature in the Word,
I leave you this message in TRUTH and in LOVE.
Also, let me just say,
do not be deceived by the world.
An elder is a person chosen by God,
not by a person based on the precepts of man.
An elder is someone who is mature in the Word,
not someone who continually eats baby food.
Be careful by what appears as “good” -
not all works come from our Father God.
To the members of the Church,
I exhort you to pay attention
to those who speak and live
according to the TRUTH in LOVE -
who is a true son of God,
by living and breathing according to God’s Word.
This, my friend, is an elder of God.
“For you are all sons of God
through faith in Christ Jesus.
For as many of you
as were baptized into Christ
have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free,
there is neither male nor female;
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if you are Christ’s,
then you are Abraham’s seed,
and heirs according to the promise.”
Believe it or not, according to scripture,
a woman can be an elder, not just a man!
God's Word is the TRUTH in LOVE -
the foundation that I stand on!