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1:1 SUMMARY OF II JOHN: The Address to an Elect Woman and Her Family. The Commandment of Love. Antichrists. Godspeed Not to Be Given to These Opposers. Greetings.
The elder. John, unlike Peter and Paul, nowhere in his writings speaks of himself as an apostle. Peter also speaks of himself as an elder. John probably uses the term here, not officially, but in reference to his great age, as the only survivor of the apostles, and perhaps then the only personal disciple of the Lord living.
Unto the elect lady. The term is Kyria in the Greek, a term which we know to have been a female proper name. Hence many of the best commentators from the time of Athanasius have held that this is the name of the sister. If not a proper name Kyria would be the feminine form of Kurios (Lord), the term applied to Christ, a worldly title unaccountable in the church, which does not recognize artificial distinctions of rank. To avoid this difficulty some have held that by Kyria the church is meant. It is better to regard the term a proper name.
Whom I love. That is, the mother and her children.
1:2 For the truth's sake. Those who love in truth, love for the truth's sake.
1:3 Grace be with you, mercy. [and] peace. The usual benediction of the saints.
The Lord Jesus Christ. The Revised Version omits Lord, a word which occurs nowhere else in John's Epistles.
1:4 I rejoiced greatly. Because he had found her children walking in the truth, by keeping the commandment of the Father.
A commandment from the Father. The commandment referred to, the one which sums up all, is love.
1:5 And now I beseech thee, lady. Kyria in Greek. If lady at all, it would mean your ladyship. See PNT 2Jo 1:1.
Not as though I wrote a new commandment. Love embraces all. Compare and see PNT 1Jo 2:7.
1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. Keeping the commandments is the demonstration of love. Compare 1Jo 5:3 and Joh 14:15,23.
1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world. See notes on 1Jo 2:18 2:22-24 4:1.
An antichrist. Opposed to Christ.
1:8 Look to yourselves. Let not these deceivers lead you astray.
A full reward. Belonging to all saints who continue to abide in Christ.
1:9 Whoever transgresseth. He that lives a life of transgression cannot abide in Christ.
Abideth in the doctrine. The teaching, the Gospel.
1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine. That of Christ. If he be a deceiver, an opposer of Christ, one who denies that Jesus Christ came in the flesh.
Receive him not into [your] house. Do not recognize him as a brother and extend to him a brotherly welcome. He is to be fellowshipped.
Neither bid him God speed. Give him no encouragement in his work of destruction. To give him greetings is to wish for his success.
1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. He that gives him these prayerful greetings and encouragement becomes a partaker, to that extent, in his evil deeds.
1:12 Having many things to write unto you. Though many more things occurred that he wished to write about, he hopes soon to see her and speak face to face.
1:13 The children of thy elect sister. It is usually supposed that this refers to a sister in the flesh, also one of the elect, whose children, probably grown up and Christians, were at that time with John.

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