The Second Epistle of John
This very short letter, penned by John late in his life, was written to a specific woman believer (some say the woman
represents the church in general), urging her to be discerning when providing hospitality to travelling evangelists. The
problem was that there were Gnostic teachers who relied on the same practice as true evangelists; that is, they would be
taken into a believer’s home, then given provisions when they left.
Apart from the usual exhortations, briefly given, the key verses are 10 and 11: If there come any unto you, and bring not
this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of
his evil deeds.
The Third Epistle of John
John’s third letter is another personal one, this time to one Gaius of whom nothing else is known.
It would seem that a church leader by the name of Diotrephes rejected John’s letters and authority. He would not receive
brethren sent by John, and even excommunicated those that did receive them. John wrote this letter to commend Gaius for
supporting the brethren sent by him and, presumably indirectly, to send a warning to Diotrephes.