2 John 1-2 New American Standard Bible
1 The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the truth which remains in us and will be with us forever:
The elder here refers to John the apostle. In all of his writings: gospel of John, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Revelation, John never refers to himself. His purpose in writing this letter is the importance of truth.
There are different views on who the chosen lady and her children are. Some believe John is writing to an actual woman and her children in her home. Others believe the chosen lady or in other translations it says elect lady refers to a local church. Regardless it shows us the importance of truth being taught not only in the local church but also at home. Parents should never rely on a local church to be the only spiritual food their children eat. We live in a world where children are bombarded on a daily basis with lies and deception. Daily we should have time set aside where we spend time praying with our children and sharing the word of God with them.
John says whom I love in the truth. What enables us to be a part of the body of Christ and adopted into God’s family is accepting and receiving the truth of God’s word. God’s word is very clear that Jesus is the Messiah, He is the Son of God, and He is fully God and fully man. Many in our world today will reject the idea of absolute truth. As believers in Christ we are confronted daily with the decision: will we hold to the truth of God’s word or will we bow our knee to the culture of our day and reject absolute truth. Sadly, many churches and ministries have rejected truth to be embraced and loved by the world. Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me. The reality is that in this world there is lies and there is truth. Truth is only found in the Living God and is only found in His word. To reject the word of God is to reject the Living God. Through His word He has revealed Himself.
John writes for the sake of truth which abides in us and will be with us forever. To follow Christ means that we have chosen to abide in Him. We have chosen to build our lives upon the truth. It is only in building our lives upon truth that the light, love, and freedom found in Jesus will live within us. We live in an age of deception and if we are not vigilant in this hour to hold fast to truth, we will be deceived. Our greatest weapon against every lie and deception of Satan is the truth of God’s word. A life that is immersed in the study of the scriptures, is a life that will be used greatly by God upon this earth.