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Lesson 7: 2 John 10-13

2 John 10-11
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed: For he that biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Background Information
We don’t often wish people “Godspeed” anymore. Actually, “Godspeed” was a form of blessing used in the English language about 400 years ago when the King James Bible was translated. In the original Greek language of the New Testament, the word is chairo. In this context, chairo means to wish someone well. It doesn’t mean that we have to wish evil on those who are false teachers, but it does mean we shouldn’t even casually encourage them in their work.

Some of the related Scriptures deal with showing hospitality to traveling ministers or missionaries (and their helpers). These verses are included to show how Christians did help the work of legitimate servants of God in Bible times. It will perhaps help you put into perspective what John is warning the elect lady to avoid in regard to similarly helping false teachers.

Related Scriptures
Mark 9:41 (Jesus is speaking.)
Luke 10:1-12 (This passage represents a special situation involving some of Jesus’ disciples. To better understand it, read Luke 22:35-38)
Acts 18:24-28
Romans 16:1-2
Galatians 2:4-5
Ephesians 5:5-12
1 Timothy 6:1-5
Titus 3:13
1 John 2:18-22
3 John 5-8


1. Our text speaks of “this doctrine”. Looking back to verse 9, what doctrine is it referring to?

2. Who did traveling Christian workers depend on for support in Bible times?

3. What does God, through John, tell us we should do when false teachers come looking for our help and support?

4. What does God tell us we should do for faithful Christian workers in need of our hospitality?

5. a) In Mark 9:41, what small act is done for one of Jesus’ followers? b) What is promised to the one who does this act?

6. How would Jesus look on one who tried to help His enemies in their work?

2 John 12-13
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. The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

Related Scriptures Galatians 6:16-18
Ephesians 6:19-24
Philippians 4:15-23
1 Peter 5:12-14
Jude 24-25 (Jude only has one chapter.)

Background Information
The Related Scriptures are examples of how other New Testament writers ended some of their letters. Notice how the endings of epistles sometimes include personal greetings.


1. What was the expected result of John’s meeting with the elect lady and her family?

2. Who besides John greeted the elect lady?

This ends our study of 2 John. Again, remember to continue studying this book and the rest of the Bible on your own.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22:21)

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