2 John Lesson

Loving God

There are five books in the bible that consist of only one chapter:

  1. Obadiah,
  2. Philemon,
  3. 2 John,
  4. 3 John,
  5. And Jude.

Today we will review one of them, 2 John.

All three of John’s epistles were written either at the same time or close to one another. Historians point to A.D. 90 as the year they were written. Before we move on to John’s second epistle, we will review what John wrote in his first epistle.

1 JOHN 1 – Fellowship

Being in fellowship with God and one another is something to be cherished and not to be taken lightly. Life will challenge us, Satan will tempt us, and we will stumble repeatedly despite our best intentions. We all need the strength that comes from fellowship to persevere through life’s challenges.

1 JOHN 2 – If We Love God, We Will Keep His Commandments

The Apostle John drives home this point in the following verses:

  • “By this, we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.” – 1 John 2:3.
  • “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” – 1 John 2:4.
  • “But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.” – 1 John 2:5.
  • “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” – 1 John 2:6.

1 JOHN 3 – Hope Is Critical To Salvation!

John is writing about the hope that believers have concerning the return of Jesus. The Bible says that when Jesus returns, “We will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself just as He is pure.”1 John 3:2-3.

The Bible is full of encouraging scriptures about hope, including these two scriptures:

  1. “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” - Romans 8:24-25.
  2. “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” - Romans 15:4.

1 JOHN 4 – The Holy Spirit

Our study of the Holy Spirit was broken down into the following four sections:

  1. “The Holy Spirit was sent from God to help us,” 
  2. “How do we receive the Holy Spirit?”
  3. “The Bible tells us ‘what’ and the Holy Spirit lets us feel,”
  4. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

We concluded this lesson as follows:

“God sent the Holy Spirit to help us.   We receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized, just as Jesus did.   The Holy Spirit helps us through feelings and not words. The feelings must always align completely with the teachings of the Bible.   If they do not, the feelings are not the result of the Holy Spirit. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are separate entities that are one and the same because they always align, and they never contradict each other.”  

1 JOHN 5 – Eternal Life!

In this lesson, we listed five things that we must do to be saved and inherit eternal life:

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.Mathew 7:21

Today, we will be looking at John’s second epistle. It is a short letter consisting of only thirteen verses.

2 John repeats a lot of the same doctrine found in John’s other letters of the New Testament. In this letter, John refers to himself as, “The elder” and refers to his audience as, “The chosen lady and her children.” There is some discussion as to whether John is writing this letter to an actual lady and her children, or if these terms refer to a sister church.

In any case, the message remains the same:

The importance of these (3) messages is evidenced by how many times they are repeated throughout the Bible. Let us take a deeper look at each one.

  1. “Love God.” It is important to God that we love Him. He commands it! In Mathew 22:36-40, Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is. He responded, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” If we do not have love for God and love for each other, we are failing at what Jesus said are the two most important commandments in the entire bible.
  2. “Demonstrate our love by following His commandments.” When it comes to our love for God, our love is much more than just a feeling that we have. Our love should be strong enough that we act on it. When we love God, we are thirsty to learn more about Him. As we learn more about God, our love should compel us to put what we have learned into action. Our faith does not mean anything unless it causes us to act. “Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.” – James 2:17.
  3. Beware of and avoid false teachers.” The subject of false teachers comes up repeatedly in the bible. The threat is real! God warns us to be on the lookout for false teachers and to remain faithful in our studies so that we are not easily deceived.


John’s message is powerful and concise.

  1. Love God,
  2. Demonstrate our love by following His commandments,
  3. Beware of and avoid false teachers.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture. These nine words tell us how we show God that we love Him.

  • “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” – John 14:15.


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How can you apply what you have just learned?

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How can you apply what you have just learned?

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Today's lesson reinforced for me the importance of obeying God's commandments. In ALL things. One thought came to mind when thinking about how to apply today's lesson.


The "Stop, challenge, and choose" technique can be applied to any situation. From a spiritual standpoint, when facing a big decision, I can:

1) Stop - slow down and think before acting.
2) Challenge - Challenge myself by asking, "What scripture or scriptures apply to this situation? What are they telling me to do?
3) Choose - choose to obey the Gospel and follow what God's commands are telling me to do.