The Books of the New Testament
The Book of 2 John
Brief Summary. John refers to himself as "the
elder," and many believe this is because he was the only apostle still alive. He
addresses his letter to "the elect lady" which is unclear who this person is, or
whether it is addressing the whole church. One thing clear is that John is
emphasizing the word "truth" and encourages believers to know the truth, that
the truth dwells within the believer, that the truth is found in the true
teachings of Christ, and that He is the incarnate Son of God, and following him
means walking in His commandments which are the truth, and the main commandment
is to love one another. He also warns believers to be on their guard against
false teachers who would deny the truth.
Latin: lohannis II
Greek: Ioannou b,
Second (letter) of John
Author: John the
disciple whom Jesus loved.
Writing to: A
church near Ephesus.
Warning about false teaching
Against False Teachers. Praise for walking in Christ and a reminder to walk in
Dictionary: Second John
Dictionary: Second John
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2 John. "HERE we find a canonical epistle inscribed, principally, not
only to a single person, but to one also of the softer sex. And why not to one
of that sex? In gospel redemption, privilege, and dignity, there is neither male
nor female; they are both one in Christ Jesus. Our Lord himself neglected his
own repast, to commune with the woman of Samaria, in order to show her the
fountain of life; and, when almost expiring upon the cross, he would with his
dying lips bequeath his blessed mother to the care of his beloved disciple, and
thereby instruct him to respect female disciples for the future. It was to one
of the same sex that our Lord chose to appear first after his return from the
grave, and to send by her the news of his resurrection to this as well as to the
other apostles; and we find afterwards a zealous Priscilla so well acquitting
herself in her Christian race, and particularly in some hazardous service
towards the apostle Paul, that she is not only often mentioned before her
husband, but to her as well as to him, not only the apostle himself, but also
all the Gentile churches, were ready to return their thankful acknowledgments.
No wonder then that a heroine in the Christian religion, honoured by divine
providence, and distinguished by divine grace, should be dignified also by an
apostolical epistle." - Matthew Henry (Read
Outline of the Book of 2 John (Scriptures and Topics Covered)
Praise for Waking in the Truth - 1:1-4
Praise for Loving One Another - 1:5-6
Warning about False Teachers - 1:7-13
Questions for further study.
Who was the author of the book of Second John?
Why did John refer to himself as "the elder"?
What is a false teacher?
For what should Christians be praised?
When was the book of Second John written?
Where was the book of Second John written?
How can someone walk in God's love?
What is the main commandment?
What language was the book of Second John written in?
Why did John feel the need to write Second John?
What is the main theme of the book of Second John?
How can a Christian know the truth??
What was John's relationship with the city of Ephesus?
2 John Resources
Map of New Testament Israel
the Roman Empire
Map of the New Testament World
Map of Paul's First Missionary Journey
Map of Paul's Second Missionary Journey
Map of New Testament Cities
Map of the 7 Churches of Revelation (Asia Minor)
Map of the Roman Empire In the Time of Jesus
of Asia in Roman Times
Map of New Testament Greece