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The Book of 2 John 

Timeline of the Bible

God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood, but saves  Noah and his family.---
 God chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. --- David is Israel's greatest king.--- Israel divides into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.--- The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and Judah.---   The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.--- Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans take control of Israel.--- Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.--- Christianity spreads. --- Paul and other apostles write letters to Christians in other places.  This book of the Bible happens during this time  In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again.

This letter was written by John.  It is not clear to whom he was writing, but it was probably one of the churches near Ephesus. Bible scholars feel it was written to the same church as 1 John.

John was the only one of the original apostles who was not killed for his faith. John spent his later years in the city of Ephesus. He probably wrote this letter from there.  He wrote this letter to correct wrong teachings.

John was an evangelist.  Later, he was exiled to the island of Patmos. Then, he wrote the book of Revelation.

2 John 1

Christians should love each other.
False teachers say that Jesus did not have a human body. John says not to believe them.
Hold firm to your belief in God and Jesus.

John greets the church

This letter is from a church leader to a special woman and her children.  I love them in the truth. Everyone who knows the truth loves them, too. We love them because the truth is in us. It will be with us forever.

[1] 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;
[2] For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

I pray that grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father will be with you. It comes from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

[3] 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 was very happy when I found that your children are walking in the truth. This is what the Father has told us to do.

[4] I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

John reminds the church about the importance of love.

Now, I am asking you to love one another. This is not a new commandment. We have heard this from the beginning.

[5] 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.

We show love when we obey God's commandments. This is the commandment that we have heard from the beginning. We should obey it.

[6] 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.

We should obey God's commandments because many people are in the world who lie. They say that Jesus Christ did not really come. The person who says that is a liar and is against Christ.

[7] 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.

Warning to watch for dishonest people.

Be careful so you don't lose what we have worked for. You should watch out so that you receive your full reward.

[8] Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

Sinners who do not obey what Christ says do not have God. A person who obeys what Christ says has both the Father and the Son.

[9] 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.

If someone comes to you and they don't believe this, don't let him into your house and don't wish him well.

[10] If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

If anyone wishes him luck, they are part of his sin.

[11] For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

I have a lot to write to you, but I don't have enough paper and ink. I plan to visit you and speak face-to-face so that we will be happy.

[12] 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 your special sister send their greetings. Amen.

[13] The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

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