Now John concludes this brief letter with a very friendly benediction, and an assurance that he has not communicated everything the elect lady and her children need to know.  We might fain wish the apostle had gone on much longer, elaborating upon those truths which were necessary to the maintenance of a faithful walk with Christ.  Nevertheless, we may be certain that the Holy Spirit thought it not worthwhile to expand upon what had already been said, else the apostle would have gone forward at much greater length.  Though this be but a brief letter, there has been much which may be gleaned from the apostle’s opening salutation, his exhortation to Christian love, his warning against deceivers and antichrists, his condemnation of those who do not abide in the doctrine of Christ, and instructions on how to deal with false teachers.  None but men inspired by the Spirit of God can pack so much vital spiritual instruction into a mere handful of verses!

It may also be proper to conclude from this that John considered instruction was better delivered face to face than in writing.  He had many things he wished to say to the elect lady and her children, but he deemed it better to come and speak with them face to face.  One reason was “that our joy may be full.”  It is a happy thing to receive a letter from somebody we love and esteem highly in the Lord.  But how much better is it to see them in the flesh, and to enjoy their fellowship in person!  Though we may be certain that the early churches studied the inspired apostolic writings with the greatest care, I think it not unlikely that they were able to learn even more when they had the opportunity to hear these weathered saints in person, and to ask them questions about the doctrines they taught, and what they could remember of their own personal interactions with the Lord.  At any rate, we see here as he closes that John had a great desire to enjoy once again the company of these Christian brethren, and since he says our joy rather than my joy, we may be equally certain that they reciprocated that feeling.

John closes by conveying to the elect lady and her children greetings from her elect sister.  This again opens up to us the question whether this was a physical sister, who was also a Christian, or a sister church where John was attending at the time, which wished to pass along their cordial affection to their spiritual kin.  As I have already stated my personal opinion, that “the elect lady” and her “elect sister” were churches rather than individuals, I will not elaborate upon that point any longer, but will here close with my thoughts on the second epistle of John.

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