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
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.
 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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