JOHN’S SECOND EPISTLE
2nd John is addressed “to the chosen lady and her children” (1:1). Some think that his letter was written to a real person. But it is more commonly thought that “the chosen lady and her children” refers to a church with its members. This probably makes the best sense. In Revelation John speaks of the church as a bride; so it is not strange that he would speak of a church here as a lady. John calls himself “the elder” (1:1). He is writing as an old experienced apostle to a beloved church.
OCCASION FOR WRITING
What was the occasion for the writing of 2 John? It was the same as for John’s first letter. The same false teachers were still hard at work. The church needed to be warned again about these deceivers. 2 John again emphasizes Christian love: “I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another” (v.5). 2 John also warns very strongly against aiding in any way the spreading of the deceivers’ lies. John says concerning any one of the false teachers: “Do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work” (10b-11). 2 John has only one chapter of 13 verses.
“THE APOSTLE OF LOVE ENCOURAGES LOVE AND TRUTH.”
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