Lesson 5 of 6
In Progress

Theological Themes in 2 John


The letter notes how damaging false teaching can be to the church. It prompts contemporary readers to consider whether Christians should continue to be concerned about heresy in the present day. 


This letter insists on the full coming of the Son of God into human flesh–a fully human Savior. Many philosophies and religions of the first and second centuries saw the body or flesh as inherently evil, and this led some people to resist the idea of Jesus as God incarnate. There are indications in 2 John that these ideas had influenced some in the Johannine community, and the author insists that those who do not confess that “Jesus Christ has come in the flesh” are deceivers and antichrists (2 John 7).