Two New Testament Postcards
Do you remember postcards? They were once the primary way of communicating while on vacation. “Having a Great Time, wish you Were here” was a standard line. They were short and to the point.
There are two little post card sized epistles in the New Testament that we will be looking at during the first two Sunday’s in September. They are 2 and 3 John. Together in our English bibles they contain only 27 verses. These two postcards contain only 464 words between them. The author is the Apostle John nearing the end of his life.
In this e-bulletin and next week I am simply going to let you read the text of God’s word in a translation you may not be familiar with. This week we will read 2 John; Next week 3 John. AS you read, try grasp the main message of the text.
This week in the Living Bible:
From: John, the old Elder of the church.
To: That dear woman Cyria, one of God’s very own, and to her children whom I love so much, as does everyone else in the church. 2Since the Truth is in our hearts forever, 3God the Father and Jesus Christ his Son will bless us with great mercy and much peace, and with truth and love.
4How happy I am to find some of your children here and to see that they are living as they should, following the Truth, obeying God’s command.
5And now I want to urgently remind you, dear friends, of the old rule God gave us right from the beginning, that Christians should love one another. 6If we love God, we will do whatever he tells us to. And he has told us from the very first to love each other.
7Watch out for the false leaders—and there are many of them around—who don’t believe that Jesus Christ came to earth as a human being with a body like ours. Such people are against the truth and against Christ. 8Beware of being like them and losing the prize that you and I have been working so hard to get. See to it that you win your full reward from the Lord. 9For if you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will leave God behind; while if you are loyal to Christ’s teachings, you will have God too. Then you will have both the Father and the Son.
10If anyone comes to teach you, and he doesn’t believe what Christ taught, don’t even invite him into your home. Don’t encourage him in any way. 11If you do, you will be a partner with him in his wickedness.
12Well, I would like to say much more, but I don’t want to say it in this letter, for I hope to come to see you soon, and then we can talk over these things together and have a joyous time.
13Greetings from the children of your sister—another choice child of God.
See You Sunday,