Time: AD 85 – 95
Summary: During the early growth of the church, the gospel was
spread by travelling preachers. Preachers could also travel spreading different
teachings. This letter is addressed to "an elect lady" who is advised not to
have fellowship with those teachers who bring wrong doctrine. The ideas of love,
truth, and obedience are emphasized.
Key verses: "I am not writing you a new command but one we
have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love:
that we walk in obedience to his commands" (2Jo 1:5,6).
1. Introduction: 2Jo 1:1–4
2. Love defined: 2Jo 1:5,6
3. False teachers and antichrists: 2Jo 1:7–11
4. Conclusion: 2Jo 1:12,13