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Commentary on The Second Letter of John

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1–3 : Letter opening.

See Rom 1.1–7 . Elect lady probably refers to the local church. Love in the truth sets out the author' vision of the church. Its members are united by Jesus' command to love one another (vv. 4–6; 1 Jn 2.22–23; 3.23 ). They reject false teaching about the Son (vv. 7–9 ).

4–11 : Letter body.

The author' actual request comes at the end: Avoid extending any form of assistance or hospitality to false teachers (vv. 10–11 ).

4–6 :

The new commandment to love one another has been an identifying mark of Johannine Christianity from its beginning (Jn 13.34–35; 1 Jn 2.7–10 ).

7–9 :

The secessionists who do notabide in the teaching of Christ by denying that the human Jesus is the Christ (v. 7 ; see 1 Jn, Introduction) have shattered that fellowship (1 Jn 2.19 ). False teaching is a sign that the antichrist is at work in the world (1 Jn 2.18; 4.1–3 ).

7 :

Antichrist, see 1 Jn 2.18–23 .

10–11 :

The severity of this demand, do not receive into the house (i.e., church) anyone connected with the secessionists, follows from the view that their activities are Satan' final effort against God' people.

12–13 : Letter closing.

Ancient letters frequently end with a notice of the sender' future travel plans (Rom 15.22,33 ).

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