DATE: circa 90 AD
The identity of the “chosen lady,” to whom this letter is addressed, is unknown. Some consider it a figurative way of designating a particular church (“chosen sister,” v. 13, would then mean a different church). Others consider that the letter was addressed to an individual Christian and her family (in which case the “chosen sister” would be her natural sister). Still, others consider perhaps this lady may have been Mary, the mother of Jesus. The identity of this ” chosen lady” is not known and any thoughts on this are simply speculation.
It’s believed that this letter was written about the same time as John’s other letters and from the same place, Ephesus. In this letter, John writes about walking in Christ’s commandments.
OUTLINE OF 2 JOHN
I. Introduction and Greeting, 1-3
II. Commendation for Walking in Truth, 1:4
III. Commandment to Love One Another, 5-6
IV. Cautions Concerning False Teachers, 7-11
V. Concluding Remarks and Greetings, 12-13
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