I will start a series on the true image of the Church, 2 John 1 is a great place to start. I have always contended the Women in Christ is the true Church. Eve in the Garden is a foreshadow of the Church before man caused Her to stumble. Her nakedness reflects the purity of the Church the body of Christ. So since EVE represents the Women and the Church. It,s female gender put your name in the scripture.
EVE = Becky, Rachelle, Sue etc.
Lady = Abigail, Jennifer, Jackelyn etc.
Elect = chosen in the Hebrew
Children refer to your own children and it refers to anyone younger than you. You teach the children and the head of the household, if you are single then Christ becomes the head of your household He instructs you. In a marriage covenant, Christ is the head of the household and the spouse is the elect. The Father instructs all. This epistle was written to all to profess a love towards Christ and others.
This is a true doctrine.
1:1 The elder unto the[ a ]elect[ b ]lady and her children,[ 1] whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;(a) This is not a proper name but is to be taken as it sounds, that is to say, the worthy and noble lady.(b) Excellent and honorable woman.(1) The bond of Christian union is the true and constant profession of the truth.
1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in
(c) truth and love.(c) With true knowledge which always has love united with it, and following it.
1:4[ 2] I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in [d] truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.(2) This true profession consists both in love towards one another which the Lord has commanded, and also especially in wholesome and sound doctrine, which also is delivered to us: for the commandment of God is a sound and sure foundation both of the rule of conduct and of doctrine, and these cannot be separated from one another,
(d) According as the truth directs them.
1:7 [3 ]For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.(3) Antichrists fighting against the person and office of Christ had already crept into the Church, in the time of the apostles.
1:8 4][ e ]Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.(4) He that makes shipwreck of doctrine, loses all.
(e) Beware, and take good heed.
1:10[ 5 ]If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed:(5) We should have nothing to do with those who defend the perverse doctrine.
This gets a Thumbs up.
This gets thumbs down. Hold on a moment. Two pastors decided to interpret 3 John verse two to the layperson disregarding the rest of the letter.Their interpretation of vs two the way they presented it with Prosperity theology the word they distorted was Prosper.
3 John, Chapter 1
1: The elder unto the well-beloved Gaius = Christian, whom I love in the truth.
2: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3: For I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
4: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Prosper in Heb. means= wisdom or business affairs.
Prosperity Theology takes that Word and states you give me (Pastors) ten dollars and God will open His Sky-vault and give you back a hundred dollars. The Mosiac Law puts a penalty on the use of money. Why would Christ deal in money? That is not what the Word is talking about. The pastors get thumbs down. The scripture read in context and definition is a true doctrine it gets a thumbs up.