Author: The apostle John according to church tradition. The author is identified only as “the elder” (1:1).
Date: Approximately AD 92.
In Ten Words or Less: Beware false teachers who deny Jesus’ physical life on earth.
Details: Addressed to “the elect lady and her children” (1:1), perhaps an actual family or, figuratively, a church, 2 John tackles the heretical idea that Jesus had not been physically present on earth. The letter may be a reaction to the “gnostics,” who taught that Jesus was spirit only and that He just appeared to suffer and die on the cross. This teaching, of “a deceiver and an antichrist” (1:7), should be avoided at all costs—to the point of barring one’s door against those who believe it (1:10).
From Know Your Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.