2 John 1
Scofield Reference Notes
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;
SCOFIELD REFERENCE NOTES (Old Scofield 1917 Edition)

Book Introduction

The Second Epistle of John

WRITER: The Apostle John.

DATE: Probably A.D. 90.

THEME: Second John gives the essentials of the personal walk of the believer in a day when "many deceivers are entered into the world" (2Jn 1:7). The key phrase is "the truth," by which John means the body of revealed truth, the Scriptures. The Bible as the only authority for doctrine and life, is the believer's resource in a time of declension and apostasy.

The Epistle in three divisions:

I. The pathway of truth and love, vs. 1-6

II. The peril of unscriptural ways, vs. 7-11

III. Superscription, vs. 12, 13

For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
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.
I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
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 another.
[1] that we love one another

Law (of Christ), Summary: The new "law of Christ" is the divine love, as wrought into the renewed heart by the Holy Spirit Rom 5:5 Heb 10:16 and outflowing in the energy of the Spirit, unforced and spontaneous, toward the objects of the divine love 2Cor 5:14-20 1Th 2:7,8. It is, therefore, " the law of liberty" Jas 1:25 2:12 in contrast with the external law of Moses. Moses' law demands love, Lev 19:18 Dt 6:5 Lk 10:27 Christ's law is love Rom 5:5 1Jn 4:7,19,20 and Song takes the place of the external law by fulfilling it Rom 13:10 Gal 5:14. It is the "law written in the heart" under the New Covenant.

See Scofield Note: "Heb 8:8".

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.
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.
Margin world

kosmos = mankind. See Scofield Note: "Mt 4:8".

Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
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.
Margin transgresseth

Sin. See Scofield Note: "Rom 3:23".

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
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 be full.
The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
Scofield Reference Notes by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield [1917]

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