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The Second Letter of John - Introduction

The second and third letters of John have formal greetings and the author identifies himself as “the elder,” which is probably a title of authority rather than an indication of age. There is a good case for seeing 2, 3 John as supporting letters sent with 1 John. The second letter is addressed to “the elect lady and her children,” which is probably a symbolic reference to a neighboring church and its individual members. As a covering letter it briefly summarizes the main teaching of the first letter, crystallizing the two main points: the correctness of the confession of faith in Jesus Christ coming in the flesh, and the outworking of faith in love for one another. There is also a call for the readers to refuse hospitality to those who do not share the correct teaching ( 10–11 ).

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