Bible Study

John’s Second Letter

John writes a letter to the elect, the chosen lady, along with her kids. Some people assume John uses this intimate metaphor to refer to the church (the chosen lady) and its members (her children).

But this interpretation falls apart because the New Testament considers the people as the church, not as two separate parts.

Rather, a literal understanding is that the chosen lady is an actual person.

John’s note is one of encouragement and instruction to someone he cares for deeply. Because the Bible preserves his letter for us, we can vicariously receive this same reassurance and teaching.

The chosen lady is a faithful follower of Jesus. Let’s read on to learn what John tells her.


  1. In what ways has God chosen us? 
  2. Do our actions align with being chosen?
  3. Who do you view as a chosen person?
  4. Do you think anyone views you as chosen? Why?
  5. How can we encourage others?

Discover others chosen in Acts 9:15, Romans 16:13, Colossians 3:12, and 1 Peter 2:9. Read about the chosen one in Luke 9:35 and John 1:34.

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.

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