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Bible Study for Jehovah's Witnesses: 2 John

WOULD "THE TRUTH" BE LOST AFTER THE APOSTLES?



vv.1-4 Does the aged John anticipate that truth will perish when he, the last of the apostles, is dead?(esp. v.2; cf. John 14:16,17)
Truth is obviously very much on John's mind as he shepherds the Lord's churches: he uses the word 5 times in 4 verses. How could the apostle expect grace, mercy, and peace will be with us ... in truth and love (v.3), if it was already decreed by God that truth would die out with the apostles?

vv.5-8 What will protect the believer from deceivers? (cf. 1 John 2:18-27)
The gospel heard from the beginning (v.6; cf. 1 John 2:7), that gospel confessing Jesus Christ Son of God, come in flesh and raised bodily from the dead (v.7), is the rock upon which the true Church is built (Matt. 16:13-18,21).

vv.9-13 If the truth remains and will be with us forever (v.2, NWT) it will not need to be restored after1800 years of "Christendom's darkness." Would the deceiver's take over the true church? Would the church's teachers receive or reject them? (cf. 1 John 2:18,19; 3 John 9,10)

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