2 John Study Questions

2 John

In this epistle John cautioned Christians against extending hospitality to certain enemies of the church because in so doing they share in their wicked works.

 2 John - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec. 
2 John 1:1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.


  1. To whom is this epistle written? (1)

  2. What must govern the exercise of love? (1-2)

  3. What three blessings are conditioned on truth and love? (3)

  4. What caused John to rejoice? (4)

  5. What are we commanded to do? (4-6)

  6. What did John call those who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh? (7)

  7. Who does not have God? (9)

  8. What should not be done for those who do not bring this doctrine? (10-11)

  9. Why didn’t John write more in this epistle? (12)

Discussion Questions

  1. What should you do with people who have minor doctrinal differences from you?

  2. Does this epistle encourage you to be unkind, rude and impolite to those who bring not this doctrine?  

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