2 John 6-10
2 John 1:6 (KJB)
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.
After - According to
Ye have heard - Hearing with understanding
Walk - Live or conduct ones self
True Christian love is one that operates within the commandments of God. True love also operates according to the commandments of God, that is, obedience to the commands of God. Love can never be an uncontrollable emotion because it can easily turn into an unhealthy obsession. If true love is not operational within the limits of God’s commands, then it ceases to be love. True Christian love is proactive with the good of the other person in mind. If we attempt to use love as a covering for our own greed or lusts, then it has become a weapon against the other person and ceases to be love. The Christian is supposed to be walking in true Christian love and this commandment is not a new one but one that needs consistent practice throughout our entire lives.
2 John 1:7 (KJB)
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.
Deceiver - One who misleads or an impostor
Confess - Agree, profess, acknowledge
In the time of John, there were many false teachers who had entered into the religious arena and had tried to lead astray the Christians. These deceivers would also try to take advantage of Christian hospitality and at the same time would try and convince their hosts with false teachings. The primary false teachings around this time was Gnosticism which denied that Jesus was the Son of God and denied His virgin birth. They believed that holy deity could never come in a sin cursed physical body but their non-understanding of the virgin birth caused them to remain in darkness. Not only are they called deceivers but they are classified as antichrists because they opposed true Christianity with a different gospel. Anyone who brings a false gospel today or even one that is doctored and sounds like the real one will fall under these two classifications.
2 John 1:8 (KJB)
Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
We have wrought - Accomplished
Lose - Destroy or kill
Here is a command that it is imperative that these Christians make a personal assessment of where they are in their Christian walk. The words “we have wrought” are in the middle voice which means that the Christian has participation in their own spiritual growth. As we, more and more, eschew the things of the world, we begin to grow in our sanctification and we grow spiritually in our walk. If we allow false teachers and their teachings to gain a foothold, it will begin to peck away at our spiritual fortress and then we begin to get weaker and weaker in our walk and when we do, then the enemy rushes in and overshadows us with false teachings. This may get to the point that we will have trouble discerning the false from the true and may even wind up defending the false teachings. The great reward of the Christian is to be like Christ and to live with Him eternally. As true Christians we cannot lose our salvation but if we follow false teachings, then we will not be used of the Lord and, in fact, we may taken out of the way so we will not infect other Christians with false gospels. (John 15:1-2 KJV) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. {2} Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. If Christians are not careful, we can literally kill our own testimony of truth.
2 John 1:9 (KJB)
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.
Transgresseth - Turn aside (Present tense verb)
Abideth - Continuing (Present tense verb)
Doctrine - Teachings
Here is the general principle which covers the saved and unsaved. Those who have turned aside from the true teachings of Christ and continue to abide in false teachings are giving visible evidence that they are unsaved. A person can claim salvation but if their teachings and lifestyle betray their claims, then the obvious measure is by the latter two. There are many who claim to be saved, yet are walking in disobedience. Then there is the other side of the coin where John states that those who are walking continually in the doctrine of Christ, not only have the Son but have the Father also. This means that those religions who deny Christ are void of having the Father also. (John 14:6 KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Jesus uses the word “the” three times which means there are no alternative ways to the Father. Neither the Wailing wall, nor Jihad, nor Mary will ever bring anyone to the Father, only through Christ.
2 John 1:10 (KJB)
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
God speed - Rejoice or be glad
Here is a strict warning to the person John was addressing and to all Christians down through the ages. If a person comes to your home or even to you personally, we are not even to bid them Godspeed. No true Christian should ever host someone who is bringing a false gospel because they may infect those in the home with the false teachings. In our day, we have many who have taken up the mantle of debate and unfortunately when these debates take place, the false gospel is given an airing to the audience. As Christians, we must never allow, to the best of our ability, any type of help for those who bring the false gospels. This is not an option because if we care about those we love, then we will not allow false teachings to come near them. The biggest mistake Eve made in the Garden of Eden was she had a dialogue with Satan instead of rebuking him. Christians also must be very careful about dialoguing with unbelievers who bring false gospels because they just may plant a seed of doubt concerning some aspect of the Gospel and that may mushroom into false beliefs.