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2 John 1:1-2
1 The elder [presbuteros] unto the elect [eklektos] lady [Kuria] and [kai] her [autos] children [teknon], whom [hos] I [ego] love [agapao] in [en] the truth [aletheia]; and [kai] not [ou] I [ego] only [monos], but [alla] also [kai] all [pas] they that have known [ginosko] the truth [aletheia];
2 For [dia] the truth's sake [aletheia], which [ho] dwelleth [meno] in [en] us [hemin], and [kai] shall be [esomai] with [meta] us [hemon] for [eis] ever [aion]. KJV-Interlinear
1 The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2 for the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever: NASB
John uses the reference to his advanced age in the opening of this letter. He is presumably in his 90's by now. And one who has lived a very long life and has spent most of that life engaged in Bible study would have a great deal of wisdom. Thus the word for 'elder' comes to mean a very wise and well established person.
John certainly qualifies in that regard.
He writes to the Church in general. The Church is a general reference to the believers then living and to all generations of believers in the future from John's time.
The word for 'church' is derived from 'kuriakee,' which is a reference to the church assembly in general.
Since kuria, is the feminine of kurios, or lord, then this comes to mean those believers who are in the Lord by virtue of their faith. We believers serving as the feminine of the partnership between ourselves and Christ, and Christ being the masculine of the relationship.
So 'Eklektos Kuria' comes to mean the Church on the whole, and then the 'children' being the individual believers which make up the body of the Church of believers in Jesus Christ.
So John is addressing this letter to you and me and to all believers during and after his time, since some 1900 plus years ago.
Love is the common ground of all believers in Christ. Love is a reference to all of the principles, mandates, and counsel which are taught in the Bible. Our life in Christianity rests on the Christian truth which is founded in the Bible. In fact, all of our human morality finds its basis in the true and only legitimate morality which is presented in the Bible.
No other belief, or philosophy, or religion in history, presents such solid and unchangeable principles of life as does the Bible.
This is the consistency of the Bible in what it teaches throughout history. It has never changed.
All other world philosophies and beliefs, on the other hand, consist of a wide and diverse set of opinions which may be popular today and not tomorrow. And, none of which have any basis in fact, let alone truth. This is the inconsistency and instability of the philosophy of the world. As well as its total unreliability.
Within the opinions of the world, opinion is as far as they go. They offer no solutions to life's problems. The most significant of which are sin and death.
Christians form one fellowship. Though we do not know each other, we all share in the common prosperity of Gods Word and the promises and certainties of our future in heaven with Him.
Our common ground is Bible doctrine. And our common knowledge is through the understanding we obtain by means of our daily studies. The commonality of advanced knowledge of course applies to those who engage in a dedicated daily study.
What we learn resides within us and will stay with us for all of eternity. The worlds philosophies on the other hand, will one day cease to exist and will be lost forever.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.