2 and 3 John Scriptures and Review Questions
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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?  


3 John

This epistle was written to commend Gaius for his generous hospitality to the brethren and Demetrius who had an excellent reputation. In contrast he singles out Diotrephes for his lack of hospitality, and his wicked deeds and words.

3 John  - To listen as you read click the version, ESV or NIV, then the sound symbol & wait about 30 sec.
3 John 1:1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
7 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.
  1. To whom is this epistle written? (1)

  2. What does John wish for his reader? (2)

  3. Why did John rejoice? (3-4)

  4. For what was Gaius commended? (3-6)

  5. By helping God’s servants on their journey what do we become? (6-8)

  6. What did Diotrephes love? (9)

  7. For what four things did John condemn Diotrephes? (10)

  8. How did John regard Demetrius? (12)

  9. How does III John end in a similar fashion to II John? (13-14)

  10. How were the friends to be greeted? (14)

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever encountered a “power hungry” person in the church?

  2. When John says follow not that which is evil but that which is good, what persons could he be referring to?

  3. How would you compare II John with III John?

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