Pamphlet 1575 2 John kc1-1
"You are what you eat."
Well, that applies to spiritual food as well.
The apostle John is often referred to as the Apostle of Love.
He is that beloved disciple of Jesus Christ who in addition to his three epistles also wrote the Gospel of John and the great Book of Revelation concerning the events of these last days and beyond.
In that Book of Revelation, in chapters two and three, John records what Jesus has to say to the 7 Churches which, by the way, are all alive and well today, for they are all present at the return of Messiah.
However, of those 7 Churches only two are found to be without fault.
They are the church of Smyrna and the church of Philadelphia.
The reason those two churches are in good standing with Christ is because they know and "keep His Word", the truth, and they teach that truth, especially the truth concerning the kenites, the sons of Cain, the antichrists John told us about in his first epistle.
The reason we bring this to your attention is that most scholars seem to be somewhat ambivalent as to whom John wrote this second epistle.
One of the greatest Christian scholars of all time, Dr. E.W. Bullinger writes the following in his introductory commentary to 2nd John in the Companion Bible on page 1878:
"The Second Epistle is addressed 'unto the elect lady and her children', and some have understood a certain church and it's members. Alford, however, gives good grounds for believing that an individual is meant."
There is really only one group of people in these last days who have both of those characteristics, God's elect of the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia, a name that even means "brotherly love".
2 John 1:1
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;
Those children are the "little children" John spoke of in his first epistle who have known the love of God even from the beginning, an identity phrase we will discuss later in this study.
Those children are the lady's, mother Israel's, "sons and daughters" of these last days, [Note:We are not talking about the majority of those people called Jews from that little country in the middle east] of this final generation of the fig tree, who are right now bringing forth the truth of God's plan and His love, in love, to this froward generation.
They are spoken of by the prophet Joel who was quoted by Peter on that first Pentecost Day in Acts 2:17 who we quote today:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Not only that, these children even see those visions coming to pass before their very eyes exactly as they are written, exactly as their present elder teachers have envisioned those dreams coming true.
How fortunate we are to be alive at this time, for without a doubt this is the most exciting time to live in the history of mankind.
This is the generation that is right now witnessing the fulfillment of all those prophecies and signs given to occur just before the return of Jesus Christ.
Do you know what they are?
You should, because Jesus Christ, the Word of God, has foretold us all things.
Mark 13:23 "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things."
And if you have absorbed His Word then that truth dwells in you, and will so forever.
2 John 1:2
For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
The answer is "Through abiding in Him, which means to abide in His Word.
That is what sanctifies (sets apart) God's elect.
If you do not have the Word of God abiding in you, meaning you are Biblically illiterate because you do not study His Word, then you do not have Truth abiding in you, because you see, His Word is Truth!
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
You know the saying, "You are what you eat."
Well, that applies to spiritual food as well, which is what your daily bread is.
When you study and absorb truth, the Word of God, it nourishes you and becomes part of you and your spirit becomes one with His.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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