19 – John (2nd)
The epistle of 2nd John was written on the island of Patmos by John the Evangelist. This is important as John was an eyewitness to the miracles of Christ. We get confirmation of the author based on the vocabulary used, the writing structure of the letter and the way that it is written all lead towards it being John.
John deals with in this epistle the heresy that “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 2 John 1:7 (ESV) John being an eyewitness to the events of Jesus would have refuted this fervently.
John does not name himself or the recipient due to the level of persecution at that time in the early church.
This is a very short letter but a very powerful one; despite being short on verses it is very strong on good theology. John is very focused on the idea of truth, setting records straight regarding the true nature of the faith. John is keep to emphasize the common truth, or common doctrine of our faith, not necessarily a communion based on likeability but one of a common beliefs system.
He deals with how Christians should love one another and later in the letter deals with some false teachings that have crept into the church. The false teachers one is especially true today, in that day (much like today) they had folks masquerading as having “words from the LORD” or “gifts of prophesy” but they were speaking from their own vanity and leading people astray. All in all a lot packed into a few verses.
Below is a list of articles on 2nd John
Line by line studies
2nd John (Full book) – March 21 2014
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