Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of II John Chapter 1
Metaphysically Interpreting II John 1:1-3
1:1The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all they that know the truth; 1:2for the truth's sake which abideth in us, and it shall be with us for ever: 1:3Grace, mercy, peace shall be with us, from God the Father, and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Metaphysically Interpreting II John 1:4-11
1:4I rejoice greatly that I have found certain of thy children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father. 1:5And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote to thee a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 1:6And this is love, that we should walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, even as ye heard from the beginning, that ye should walk in it. 1:7For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, even they that confess not that Jesus Christ cometh in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 1:8Look to yourselves, that ye lose not the things which we have wrought, but that ye receive a full reward.1:9Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son. 1:10If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, receive him not into your house, and give him no greeting: 1:11for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works.
June 27, 1943: II John 1:4-11
What is meant “walking in truth”? It means living according to principle in thought, word, and act.
Why is living according to the commandments of the law of life defined as love? Divine love inspires us to do what is for our highest good; that is, to use the commandments of God as guides in our daily living.
Why is he a deceiver and antichrist who does not confess that “Jesus Christ cometh in the flesh”? The Christ of perfect spiritual man is made manifest in the flesh of each individual to the extent that he identifies himself through the I AM with that which is perfect and enduring. He who does not admit that “the Word is made flesh” in this fashion is himself deceived and in turn deceives others, as does the antichrist.
What distinguishes the love of the Christ from human love? Its selflessness. The love of the Christ is an affirmative force that leads us to think unselfishly of others and to see the Christ in them. Spiritual love enables us to disregard the personal self and act from the high level of principle instead of the low level of personality.
How does he that “abideth in the teaching” have both the Father and the Son? He has both principle and its mode of expression, that is, mind and thought. Consciously abiding in the teaching of Truth requires understanding and love of the things of the mind, that is, making the Spirit of truth active in mind, body. and affairs.
November 30, 1947: II John 1:4-6
The soul is preoccupied with love, therefore the apostle John defines Christian love for the lady to whom he writes. It is not mere sentiment. On the contrary it is the active keeping of the commandments. “If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.” The love of the Christ is a positive quality, leading us to think of others, to love God and the Christ in them, not to think of ourselves or desire that others love us. The self and selfish considerations are absent from spiritual love. Those who have accomplished most of the uplift of the world have been unconscious of the demands of the self, conscious always of God and of the needs of their fellow men.
A “way” is a means unto an end, and those who succeed in finding the Christ way “walk in it.” Their faith and love are the outfitting of life and are given constant use.
– UNITY magazine.
Metaphysically Interpreting II John 1:12-13
1:12Having many things to write unto you, I would not write them with paper and ink: but I hope to come unto you, and to speak face to face, that your joy may be made full. 1:13The children of thine elect sister salute thee.
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 12-16-2013