John’s second epistle could be addressed to a particular woman, but the “elect lady” more likely refers to a particular congregation (the phrase “some of your children” could go either way, but more likely means many offspring of members there). He tells them that he has much to say that he would rather say face to face. But there seems to be some urgency in warning them of deceivers – false prophets – that are obviously much of a problem for the 1st century church.
His third epistle has John referring to himself as “the elder,” as he writes kind words for Gaius. John praises them for their good treatment of the brothers that came to them, and encourages their continued support. Here he speaks of false teachers again and mentions Diotrephes by name.
Bible Reading Schedule for this month
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1 John 5, 2 John, 3 John, Rev 1, Rev 2
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