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Authorship and Origin:Since II John so closely addresses issues raised in I John, it is clear that this letter is written by the same author. The Greek word used in the letter for 'elder' literally means 'old man', and John certainly was elderly by this time. But elder here means a person in authority, a senior member of the group. It is from this position that John addresses another congregation from the one he oversees. The 'elect lady and her children' John refers to are another church in the province of Asia.
Overview and Significant sectionsJohn returns to his themes of truth and love to base his warnings to this other church. Churches at this time usually met in private homes, and wandering prophets and teachers would frequently come by a local church and take at times take advantage of the church's hospitality. John warns of these deceivers and false teachers.
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