Ep. #08 "SECOND & THIRD JOHN" [Series: OTHER LETTERS]

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Episode: Other Letters Series No. 08 Narrator: Gaius Primary Scriptures: 2 John and 3 John Story Summary: Overview of 2 John and 3 John Location: Roman Empire Time: 85-95 AD Suggested Memory Scriptures: 2 John 1:5-6. 3 John 1:8, 1:11 It is traditionally thought that 2 John and 3 John were written by John the apostle. He Is thought to have also authored the Gospel of John, 1 John and Revelation. It is likely the audience for these two letters is the same as for 1 John. John was probably much older than eighty when he wrote these letters. Both 2 John and 3 John demonstrate John’s love for his audiences and his warnings against false teachers. These letters are probably written about a half-century after the death of Jesus. They demonstrate that the Church has made a lot of progress but still faces a multitude of problems. The church has many members who have stayed true to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. These faithful members treat each other with hospitality and love. 2 John 1:5 seems to be a clear reference to the command of Jesus to love God and to love your neighbor. John shows the importance of protecting the fellowship of Christians from false teachers, warning against inviting them into homes or even greeting them. Such things align believers with false teachers, which quickly taints true teaching. Unfortunately, the Church was already infiltrated by false teachers. Rooting them out would not be easy. The false teachers told falsehoods about the person of Jesus. One such falsehood was that Jesus only seemed to have come in the flesh but that this was only an illusion. One word for this type of false teaching is Docetism, and this type of belief may have been an early form of Gnosticism. Apparently, John had heard of difficulties caused by a man named Diotrephes. John wrote to Gaius to confirm Gaius’ faith, and to instruct him about dealing with Diotrephes. Diotrephes was refusing to show hospitality to traveling missionaries and had refused correction from John. His actions threatened to disrupt the harmony of the Asian churches and could threaten the very way the Gospel was shared. John’s solution is for Christians to remain faithful to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, and to show love to one another. John shows us that it is important to be obedient to true teachings. Our disobedience affects many others than just ourselves. Discussion Questions: 1. In modern society, it is often supposed there is no single truth. Based on 2 John 1:2-3, do you suppose John thought that truth is ephemeral or relative? What was truth for John? 2. 2 John 1:5 says it is a commandment to love one another, and that this was a commandment from the beginning. What do you think John meant by the beginning? What does it mean to love? 3. What were some of the false teachers teaching? 4. What did John command his listeners to do with false teachers? 5. Did John mean for 2 John to be a complete statement of his th

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Ep. #08 "SECOND & THIRD JOHN" [Series: OTHER LETTERS] | FaithChannel Episode: Other Letters Series No. 08 Narrator: Gaius Primary Scriptures: 2 John and 3 John Story Summary: Overview of 2 John and 3 John Location: Roman Empire Time: 85-95 AD Suggested Memory Scriptures: 2 John 1:5-6. 3 John 1:8, 1:11 It is traditionally thought that 2 John and 3 John were written by John the apostle. He Is thought to have also authored the Gospel of John, 1 John and Revelation. It is likely the audience for these two letters is the same as for 1 John. John was probably much older than eighty when he wrote these letters. Both 2 John and 3 John demonstrate John’s love for his audiences and his warnings against false teachers. These letters are probably written about a half-century after the death of Jesus. They demonstrate that the Church has made a lot of progress but still faces a multitude of problems. The church has many members who have stayed true to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. These faithful members treat each other with hospitality and love. 2 John 1:5 seems to be a clear reference to the command of Jesus to love God and to love your neighbor. John shows the importance of protecting the fellowship of Christians from false teachers, warning against inviting them into homes or even greeting them. Such things align believers with false teachers, which quickly taints true teaching. Unfortunately, the Church was already infiltrated by false teachers. Rooting them out would not be easy. The false teachers told falsehoods about the person of Jesus. One such falsehood was that Jesus only seemed to have come in the flesh but that this was only an illusion. One word for this type of false teaching is Docetism, and this type of belief may have been an early form of Gnosticism. Apparently, John had heard of difficulties caused by a man named Diotrephes. John wrote to Gaius to confirm Gaius’ faith, and to instruct him about dealing with Diotrephes. Diotrephes was refusing to show hospitality to traveling missionaries and had refused correction from John. His actions threatened to disrupt the harmony of the Asian churches and could threaten the very way the Gospel was shared. John’s solution is for Christians to remain faithful to the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, and to show love to one another. John shows us that it is important to be obedient to true teachings. Our disobedience affects many others than just ourselves. Discussion Questions: 1. In modern society, it is often supposed there is no single truth. Based on 2 John 1:2-3, do you suppose John thought that truth is ephemeral or relative? What was truth for John? 2. 2 John 1:5 says it is a commandment to love one another, and that this was a commandment from the beginning. What do you think John meant by the beginning? What does it mean to love? 3. What were some of the false teachers teaching? 4. What did John command his listeners to do with false teachers? 5. Did John mean for 2 John to be a complete statement of his th

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