Some Introductory Thoughts
J. Vernon McGee told of a man in the South who had an interesting way of dividing the three epistles of John. He called them “one-eyed John,” “two-eyed John,” and “three-eyed John” because of the Roman numerals (I, II, III) placed in front of them. Our focus in this study will be on “two-eyed John” (II John).
Second and Third John have been called “twin sisters.” They seem to have been written at or near the same time. They are about the same size and they look a lot alike (2 John 1, 3 John 1). However, they are clearly not identical twins. After all, there are some key contrasts.
- Second John was written to a well-beloved woman. Third John was written to a well-beloved man.
- Second John prohibited hospitality to those teaching error. Third John prescribed hospitality to those teaching truth.
- Second John dealt with men who were deceivers. Third John dealt with a man who was a dictator.
- Second John contains less than 300 Greek words and was likely written on a single sheet of papyrus. This is the second shortest book in the Bible. Third John is slightly shortly, although it has one more verse.
We should not let size of 2 John fool us. Although it is small, it is powerful. You might compare it to a nitro-glycerin pill for your heart.
This short book is divided into 4 sections
- 2nd John 1-3 — Greeting the Chosen Lady
- 2nd John 4-6 — Walk In Christ’s Commandment
- 2nd John 7-11 Beware of Antichrist Deceivers
- 2nd John 12-13 John’s Farewell Greeting