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Lesson 1: Truth as the Foundation for Love (2 John 1-3)

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For as much as the Apostle John was known for his use of the word “love,” a case could be made that he was equally concerned with the substance of truth. In fact, a close look at his letters reveals that John never intends for love and truth to exist separate from one another. Such is reflected in the message of this second recorded correspondence from him. But Pastor Daniel shows how we must be specific in the way we speak of how truth and love relate to each other. Examining John’s words given through the Spirit, he states, “Love is not the foundation for truth; truth is the foundation for love.” This sentence is fleshed out by recognizing, 1) We are chosen by a sovereign God who loves us in truth, 2) We are united by our common confession of truth, 3) We are bound to one another and God for eternity by truth, and 4) We are encouraged by God through truth.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Christian Life, Love

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