The letter of 2 John was written by the apostle John, calling himself the “elder”, around 90 AD.1 It is addressed to the “chosen lady” or “elect lady” and “her children”.2 In it John reaffirms his love for the church and all who know the truth. He is writing because he wants them to know how to discern who is a true disciple and who isn’t. This message / warning is a universal one that still applies today.
1(Galan et al. 254–257; Fee and Stuart 411, 417–419; Smith 1480).
2See “2 John – Comparison of Text of Verse 1” on the Downloads page under Topical Studies.