A WORD OF WARNING
Even the strongest churches need warnings. Warnings help keep the saints alert and active in resisting error. The apostle John, referred to as the "elder", is the human author of this letter. He is writing to the "elect lady and her children", which is, evidently, a local church.
COMPLIMENTS - Vss. 1-4
John expresses his love in Verses 1-2.
He wishes them mercy and peace in Verse 3.
He rejoiced when he heard that the church was "walking in truth"(Vs.4).
COMMANDMENTS - Vss. 5-6
They were to continue to walk in his commandments, specifically the commandment to love one another.
CAUTION - Vss. 7, 9
There are deceivers around who do not have the correct doctrine of Christ.
CONDUCT - Vss. 8, 10-11
The church should hold to correct doctrine, for fear of losing reward. Vs. 8
False teachers are not to be entertained as brothers in Christ. Vss.10-11
CONCLUSION - Vss. 12-13
John hoped to visit soon.
He sent greetings from a "sister" church.