John uses the word “truth” four times in the opening three verses of 2 John. Truth is fourfold, stretching out to the four corners of the earth. It also seems possible to take “truth” here, at least at a secondary level, as a reference to Christ – especially in the phrase “in truth,” “knowing truth,” and “for the sake of the truth” (vv. 1-2). Christ, the Way, Truth, and Life, also stretches to the four corners of the earth.
And with the Truth goes the commandment of God: John uses the word “commandment” four times in verses 5-6. The commandment is what the church is to proclaim to all nations, so that the Great Commission will be fulfilled as Gentiles come to the “obedience of faith.”
posted by Peter J. Leithart on Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 12:47 pm
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