This letter is addressed to a believing lady and her children, encouraging them in the truth, and warning them against deceivers.
1. Why does John rejoice greatly?
v 4 I rejoice greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, even as we have been commanded by the Father.
2. How does John define the deceiver and the Antichrist?
v 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don’t confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist.
3. What does John say about anyone who doesn't bring the teachings of Christ?
v 9 and 10 Whoever transgresses and doesn’t remain in the teaching of Christ, doesn’t have God. He who remains in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you, and doesn’t bring this teaching, don’t receive him into your house, and don’t welcome him,
- v 1 to 3 A reminder that God’s message is true for all time
- v 4 to 6 True believers keep God’s commandments and love one another
- v 7 to 11 Antichrists will not acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. John warns his readers to avoid such deceivers
- v 12 and 13 Rather than write more, John hopes to visit and speak face to face