- Who is the lady, John is talking about?
This is very important to understand to have a true grasp on this letter. The first option is that he is talking to a lady and her children. This could be the case since he addressed it to the lady and her child. What we notice is that there is no name. It is common that in these letters that the person writing would name who they are addressing. The other option would be that he is addressing the church. He is addressing the bride of Christ. If we look at this letter as being addressed to the church, then we see timeless truths that still apply today.
- Grace, mercy, and peace are from the Father and Son.
Grace – the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
Mercy – compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
Peace – freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.
We see three things that come from God. We see that we have salvation, compassion, and quietness because of God. These are things that we cannot truly experience through man. Grace and mercy lead to peace, we will never have that peace without God.
- It is an honor to see someone you have discipled, disciple their children to walk in the truth.
John is telling the church that he rejoices in the fact that members are walking in the truth as God has commanded. John has possibly discipled people who read this letter initially. He wanted them to know that he noticed others had been discipled because of their work. This is what discipleship is about. We are to create disciples that are making disciples. When these disciples make other we should rejoice with them. When someone accepts Christ our reaction should be to worship.
- There are many deceivers in the world.
John warns the church that there are deceivers. There are people that will come into the church that will appear to be of God. They will say things that appear to be from the Bible; however, the deceiver is just that, someone who will deceive you. They are going to do their best have you believe a false gospel. They are going to have you believe that what they are doing is right.
- These deceivers are the antichrist.
The second part of verse seven says: Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Antichrist can be defined as a person or thing regarded as supremely evil or as a fundamental enemy or opponent. Anyone that is teaching contrary to the teaching of Jesus is an enemy and opponent. We have to be careful to guard our hearts against the enemy so we are not led astray.
- Watch yourself so that you keep focused on God and do not be deceived.
We must keep our hearts and mind focused on God. When we take our mind off God we are giving the flesh a way of creeping in. once this happens we are giving the deceiver more room to work in our lives. When the deceiver starts working in our lives, we are in danger of believing a gospel that is not true.
- Sometimes it is better to speak with others face to face and not through written communication.
John had a lot to write but he wanted to communicate it in person. We do not know what that was, but what we can gain from this is that sometimes face to face is better. Written communication is not expressive, but when you tell someone to their face they can hear the tone and see their expressions. Take time to tell someone to their face something good today. Make time today to tell someone about the saving grace that came through shed blood of the Lamb of God.
- The truth that lives in us, will be in us forever.
When we accept Christ, He is in our heart forever.