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John's Warning About Apostasy
by Wayne Blank
"Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought"
John's letter was addressed to the church ("the elect lady" - see Daughter of Zion) in general and specific Christians ("her children") through a local elder.
"The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love." (2 John 1:1-3 KJV)
John warned them to hold to the Truth and to not be misled into apostasy. Some had already fallen away.
"I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it."
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