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II John
II John is one of the shortest books in the Bible.

II John

The theme of II John is that of false teachers. The nineteenth of the Epistles was written from Ephesus sometime around 93 AD by the apostle John; the last surviving of the 12 disciples of Jesus. They are still causing problems for the church, wandering around trying to convert people to follow them. John fears that these itinerant preachers might take advantage of the good hearted Christians, and so he warns them not to listen to those who do not speak the truth about Jesus.

All quotations from the Bible are taken from the Authorised King James Version.
1.
The letter is addressed to "the elect lady" and is from the apostle John. By what title does John refer to himself in the opening line?
The elder
The apostle
The bishop
The disciple
II John 1:1-2
"The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; for the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever."

The identity of the "elect lady" is open to interpretation. Some think that she was a woman named Kyria (the Greek word for lady) and others that she was Jesus' mother, Mary. Most believe however, that the "elect lady" is a metaphor for the church and that her children would be the congregation
2.
Speaking of those who say that Jesus was not Christ, John says that they are the antichrist, and what else?
Deceivers
Demons
Dimwits
Devils
Many will lie to us, but we must keep our faith to receive our reward.

II John 1:7-8
"For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward"
3.
If anyone wishes a false teacher well, then he is a what?
He is a fool to himself
He is an enemy of Christ
He is a partner in wickedness
He is a servant of the Devil
If anyone gives any encouragement at all to a false teacher then they are as evil as he is.

II John 1:11
"for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds"
4.
If a false teacher comes to your house, what does John say you should not do?
You should not invite him in
You should not speak to him
You should not feed him
You should not give him drink
You should not give him any encouragement at all.

II John 1:10
"If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed"
5.
If you go against Christ's teachings you will lose God. If you keep Christ's teachings you will gain what?
Both joy and rapture
Neither pain nor death
Both the Father and the Son
Neither fear nor poverty
Christ is the only way to God.

II John 1:9
"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son"
6.
John talks of a commandment from God which is not new, but has been there from the beginning. What is this commandment?
Not to kill
To love one another
Not to steal
To honour our parents
If we love one another then we shall obey all of God's commandments.

II John 1:5-6
"And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it"
7.
John was very happy when he found the elect lady's children walking where?
In the temple grounds
In wisdom
In Jerusalem
In truth
The children were obeying God's commands and living as they should.

II John 1:3-4
"Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father"
8.
II John is, by the number of verses, the shortest book in the Bible. How many verses does it contain?
11 verses
12 verses
13 verses
14 verses
Despite having only 13 verses, II John is not the shortest book in the Bible. III John has 4 words less, though it has 14 verses, that's one more than II John
9.
John has so much to say that he would prefer to say it in person rather than what?
Rather than with papyrus and ink
Rather than with paper and ink
Rather than with vellum and ink
Rather than with parchment and ink
John has so much to say that there is not enough space in a letter. He would much rather visit in person that they might share their joy together.

II John 1:12
"Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full"
10.
II John ends with a greeting from who?
From Luke
From your brothers and sisters
From Timothy
From your nephews and nieces
II John 1:13
"The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen."

The children of one's sister would be one's nephews and nieces, but it seems that John is referring to the congregation of a sister church

 

Author:  Graeme Haw

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