Chapter 19 – I, II, and III John

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Name the author of the books of I, II, and III John.
  • Identify to whom each book was written.
  • State the purpose for each book.
  • Write the Key Verse of each book from memory
  • State the Life and Ministry Principle for each book.

I JOHN

INTRODUCTION

AUTHOR: John
TO WHOM: Christians who were falling into Satanic deception which was breaking their fellowship with God and other believers.
PURPOSE: To explain the standards of true fellowship in Jesus Christ.
KEY VERSE: I John 1:8-9
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: True fellowship with God and fellow believers is based on the standards of God’s Word and maintained by the principle of confession of sin.
MAIN CHARACTERS: The author, John. No other people are mentioned by name.

II JOHN

INTRODUCTION

AUTHOR: John
TO WHOM: The “elect lady and her children,” which means the Church and its members. (The Church is always addressed in the feminine gender because she is called the bride of Christ.)
PURPOSE: To admonish believers to be faithful to sound doctrine and to warn against false teachers.
KEY VERSE: II John 1:9
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: We must guard against false teachers who cause us to lose the spiritual qualities we have developed and who make us partakers of their evil.
MAIN CHARACTER: John

III JOHN

INTRODUCTION

AUTHOR: John
TO WHOM: The book is addressed to a man named Gaius. It is written to both him and the church with which he was connected. There is no way to identify who this man was, as the Bible gives no further information on him. The truths of the letter are applicable to all believers.
PURPOSE: To commend Gaius and Demetrius for their Christian testimony and to reprove the unchristian behavior of Diotrephes.
KEY VERSE: III John 1:11
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: Our lives are examples of either good or evil to others around us.
MAIN CHARACTERS: John, Gaius, Diotrephes, Demetrius

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.