2 John 1:13 The Lady and Her Sister

2 John 1:13 (KJV)
The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

This little letter is addressed to “the elect lady and her children” and ends with a salutation from, “the children of thy elect sister.

I take it that this is a reference to a couple of churches. If that is the case:

  • They are local and separate 
  • They are alike in fellowship
  • They walk in truth
  • They abide in the doctrine of Christ 
  • They reject those that have a different doctrine
  • They are admonished to “look to yourselves” to preserve and protect a full reward[1]

Scripturally it is not enough for a church to have a reward. It is not enough to have a partial reward. We are to strive for a full reward.

[1] Barnes gives good counsel when he writes, “When error abounds in the world, our first duty is not to attack it… (but to) look to the citadel of our own souls and see that it is well guarded there.” 
Perhaps this has been the weakness of much of modern Christianity. It has been on the offense and hasn’t prepared well for the defense of those back home. Consequently, we have won the souls of strangers (a good work) at the expense of the souls of our loved ones (a tragedy.)

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2 John 1:13 The Lady and Her Sister

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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