Linguistically there is evidence that 2 and 3 John are similar to the other Johannine works by the apostle John. Let’s review the similarities in context between 2 and 3 John with those found in the epistle of John:
The epistle of John the Evangelist:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments” (ch. 14:15).
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (ch. 14:21).
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (ch. 15:10).
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (ch. 15:14)..
You will clearly see that the same context of the above verses is also presented in 2 and 3 John:
“And this is love, that we walk after his commandments” (2 John 6).
Therefore, the evidence of the similarities of the context points that the author of the books of 2 and 3 John is John the beloved disciple who also wrote the Gospel of John.
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