Reading the Bible Together – 2 John

January 2020

– The book we are reading this month is the second epistle of John, 2 John, which is the 24th book of the New Testament.

This will be the 58th book of the Bible we will have read, since commencing this initiative over four years ago in October 2015. (We have actually read Matthew and Joshua twice!) . There are a total of 66 books in the Bible, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. Only 8 more to go and we will have read the whole Bible together!

We will review this month’s book at our Bible Study and Prayer Meeting on Thursday 6th February 2020.

Introduction to the Book of 2 John

2 John 1:6 – And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

2 John 1:7 – For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Outline of 2 John


  • Chapter 1:1-4 – Praise for Walking in the Truth
  • Chapter 1:5-6 – Praise for Loving One Another
  • Chapter 1:7-13 – Warning about False Teachers

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.

Summary of 2 John

Purpose. John wrote his second epistle to show his appreciation of the faithfulness of this “lady and her children,” and to encourage her to walk in love and to keep the Lords Commandments. He warns her against false teachers and informs her that he plans to visit very soon. John also greets her “sister.”

Audience. The epistle of 2 John addresses the “elect lady,” and there is speculation regarding who this lady was. Some believe it was a prominent believer in the local church, or perhaps all Christians.

Author. John the apostle was the writer of the second book of John, although he does not give his name, he refers to himself as “the elder.” Early Christian writers recognized John as the author, and there are clear similarities with the first epistle.

Date. 2 John is thought by many Bible teachers to of been written in John’s old age, about 90 AD. There is no clear evidence when the book was written or where it was written from.

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