JOHN - Christ`s Life within Reveals True Love.
These three letters were written by the aged Apostle John and addresses the family features of the children of God. These characteristics are made possible through the manifestation of Jesus, the Word of God. Human capacities require visibilities, someone to look at, speak to, go to, hear tell of divine love.
The first letter was to believers to encourage them to walk in love.
`Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God..` (1 John 4: 7)
God the Father entrusted His Son to display and declare His love to mankind in person.
`In this the love of God was manifested towards us, that God has sent His Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.` (1 John 4: 9 & 10)
The second letter by John is written to a lady, and is his private correspondence. The word Truth and Love are key to this short letter.
`To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, because of the truth which abides in us, and will be with us forever.` (2 John 1 & 2)
The truth that John speaks of, is from above, the Truth as it is in Christ Jesus. The believers are to walk in the truth, not just admire it. Then they will love one another. This love is genuine and subject to change, and the proof of love is in the believers walk.
`This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.` (2 John 6)
The third letter by John was written to his generous and warm hearted friend called Gaius. He was noted for his loving hospitality.
`Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, who have borne witness to your love before the believers. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you do well.` (3 John 5 & 6)
John urges him to continue entertaining the travelling ministers in spite of bitter opposition of an autocratic official named Diotrephes.
`I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the pre-eminence among them, does not receive us.` (3 John 9)