2 John is addressed to “the elect lady and her children.” Much discussion is centered on the identity of the recipient. Was it actually an individual or was it a church. Most likely it was an individual. An obviously key word in the short letter is TRUTH, which appears five times in the first four verses. A very important emphasis of the Book is the necessity of ABIDING in the doctrine of Christ. To go beyond that body of doctrine places one out of fellowship with God and with Christ. Lending support to false teachers causes one to become guilty of the same error that the false teacher to whom you have lent support was guilty of teaching. 3 John was written to Gaius, a faithful member of the Lord’s church. This church wanted to assist some missionaries and Gaius was leading in the effort, but he and the faithful ones were opposed by a brother named Diotrephes, who was an obvious tyrant in that congregation. The Apostle John instructs the church to support the preaching of the gospel and promises to deal with Diotrephes.
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Extra Study Links on 2 John and 3 John…
2 John, “Love and Truth: A Study of Second John, by Jon W. Quinn
2 John 1-3, “Greeting to the Elect Lady,” by Terry Joe Kee
2 John 1-6, “A Letter to an Elect Lady and Her Children,” by Guy N. Woods
2 John 1-11, “The Christian and False Teachers,” by Cecil N. Wright
2 John 1-11, “The Christian and False Teachers,” by Rex Turner, Sr.
2 John 4-6, “The Commandment to Love,” by Joel C. Morrison
2 John 5-6, “A New Commandment,” by Frank L. Cox
2 John 7-12, “How to Deal with False Teachers,” by Eddie Whitten
2 John 7-11, “We must Abide in the Truth,” by Carey Dillinger
2 John 7-11, “Do Not Receive Him into Your House Nor Greet Him,” by Kent E. Heaton, Sr.
2 John 7-13, “Warning against Deceivers,” by Virgil Hale
2 John 9, “The Doctrine of Christ,” by Gary L. Grizzell
2 John 9, “2 John 9–An Abused Passage,” by Wayne Jackson
2 John 9, “The Indwelling Word,” by Harold Littrell,
2 John 9-11, “Jesus Warns Against False Teachers,” DRL sermon outline
2 John 9-11, “Error Should Live?,” by Eldred Stevens
2 John 9-11, “The Consequences of Ignoring 2 John 9-11,” by Robert R. Taylor, Jr.
2 John 9-11, “Do Not Receive Him into Your House Nor Greet Him,” by Kent Heaton, Sr.
2 John 9-11, “Subjective or Objective?,” by David Hester
3 John, “3 John,” by Winfred Clark
3 John 1-12, “John’s Letter to His Friend Gaius,” by W.N. Jackson
3 John 1-8, “Words to a Beloved Brother,” by James W. Boyd
3 John 8, “Fellow Workers for the Truth,” by Jason Jackson
3 John 9-14, “Diotrephes and Demetrius,” by Richard Guill