2 John 1:3

3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from [a] Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, in truth and love.

2 John 1:3 Meaning and Commentary

2 John 1:3

Grace be with you, mercy [and] peace
This form of salutation, or wish and prayer for the blessings mentioned,

from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ,
is the same used by other apostles; see ( 1 Timothy 1:2 ) ( Jude 1:2 ) and (See Gill on Romans 1:7). Only it is added here with respect to Christ, that he is

the Son of the Father in truth and love;
which is mentioned by the apostle to confirm the deity of Christ, which is plainly implied in wishing for the above things equally from him, as from the Father; and to oppose and confront some heretics of those times, who denied the true and proper sonship of Christ; and therefore he calls him, "the Son of the Father", the only begotten of the Father; and that "in truth", or truly and properly, and not in a figurative and metaphorical sense, as magistrates are called the sons of God, and children of the most High, by reason of their office; but so is not Christ, he is God's own Son, in a true, proper, and natural sense: and he is so "in love"; he is his well beloved Son, his dear Son, the Son of his love; as he cannot otherwise be; since he is not only the image of him, but of the same nature, and has the same perfections with him.

2 John 1:3 In-Context

1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth,
2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:
3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, in truth and love.
4 I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father.
5 But now, dear lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning, let us love one another.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Other ancient authorities add [the Lord]