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Are Truth and Love Compatible?

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Are Truth and Love Compatible?
2 John 1–3 NLT
1 This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth— 2 because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever. 3 Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.
2 John 1-3
INTRODUCTION:
Second John is the second shortest book in the New Testament. It has only 245 words in the Greek text and would have easily fit on a single piece of papyri. Today we might call it a “postcard epistle.”
Each of John’s second and third letters contains less than 300 Greek words and was no doubt written on a single sheet of papyrus.
We live in a world that insists that truth and love are incompatible.
To speak the truth or claiming that there is such a thing as objective truth is considered unloving.
Are truth and love incompatible?
Sharing biblical truth is “hate-speech,” because
Notice that in 2 John, truth and love appear together repeatedly.
Truth appears six times in 13 verses.
Love appears five times in 13 verses.
In verses 1-3, love and truth in a directly linked fashion twice (v. 1 and v. 3).
Truth and love are not incompatible!

I- LOVE AND TRUTH ARE UNDENIABLY LINKED ()

2 John 1 NLT
1 This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth—

A- Love within the family of God is rooted in the truth. (2 John 1a)

“This letter is from John, the elder. I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth.”
1- The writer of this letter is an apostle and elder in the early church.
a. The aged Apostle John (also an elder). (Ὁ πρεσβύτερος) This position places him in a position of unique authority.
An elder was a man whose life was exemplary and thus an example () worthy of the church’s imitation.
Ὁ πρεσβύτερος) This position places him in a position of unique authority.
An elder was a man whose life was exemplary and thus an example () worthy of the church’s imitation.
1 Peter 5:3 NLT
3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.
2- The recipient is “the chosen (elect) lady.” (ἐκλεκτῇ κυρίᾳ)

B- Love within the family of God is extended and expanded through commitment to the truth. (2 John 1b)

most likely written to a church:
Lady (κυρίᾳ) is the feminine form of “lord.”
κυρίᾳ) is the feminine form of “lord.”
ἐκλεκτῇ = elect, chosen. The church is chosen by Christ to belong to Himself.

ἐκλεκτῇ

Lady (kuria) is the feminine form of “lord.”
Proper name not used.
ἐκλεκτῇ
The lack of any personal references in the letter, in contrast to 3 John, suggests to many that it is addressed to a church.
The last verse uses similar terminology (ἀδελφῆς σου τῆς ἐκλεκτῆς) for the sister who sends greetings.
The lack of any personal references in the letter, in contrast to 3 John, suggests to many that it is addressed to a church.
ἀδελφῆς σου τῆς ἐκλεκτῆς)
3- John’s love for the church is linked to the grounding of both parties in the truth.
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John 14:6 NLT
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
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John 17:17 NLT
17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.
ἐκλεκτῇ κυρίᾳ)

B- Love within the family of God is expanded through commitment to the truth. (2 John 1b)

“...as does everyone else who knows the truth—”

II- LOVE AND TRUTH ARE LINKED TO BLESSING FROM GOD ()

A- The believer is to internalize the truth. ()

2 John 2 NLT
2 because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.

B- Truth internalized is eternal. ()

2 John 2 NLT
2 because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.

C- Truth and love internalized and lived-out produces a truly blessed life. ()

2 John 3 NLT
3 Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.
CONCLUSION:
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