Can You Handle the Truth?
One of my top 10 movies of all time, though I admit that I don’t watch very many movies, is the movie, “A Few Good Men”. In the climactic scene Jack Nicholson, who plays a Marine Colonel, screams at the Navy lawyer played by Tom Cruise, “You can’t handle the truth!” Can you and I handle the truth? Is the truth important to us? What is the truth? We come today to 2 John. 2 John is a very small book of the bible. If you want to say that you read an entire book of the bible today, you could read 2 John and feel pretty good about yourself and it will take about 2 minutes or less. Of course, I don’t think you should read it to feel good about yourself J There’s not a lot to discuss about 2 John. John’s audience for this little letter is unknown; is it a church that is referred to as “the elect lady” or is it actually a lady? I tend to think it is a lady but I don’t know the truth about that. But notice John’s emphasis on “truth” in the first paragraph: To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth, 2 because of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
This word “truth” is important to John and seems to serve as the basis or at least a large part of the basis for the relationship between John and this lady. I believe that we can know the truth. Jesus said that we shall know the truth and the truth will set us free. I think the truth John is referring to here is the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This truth is transforming and when paired with love is unstoppable. Now, there are those who say we cannot know the truth about God but I disagree. Sure, there are things we cannot know in full or appreciate in full because of the limitations of the human mind but I think we can know the truth about forgiveness, salvation, judgment, grace, etc…even though we can’t fully live it out or understand completely. My inability to fully grasp the truth doesn’t preclude me from living out the truth I do understand. I hope that God’s truth is important to you. Study it. Mull over it. Discuss it in community with others. You won’t be disappointed.