Who wrote the books of 2 and 3 John?

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The books of 2 and 3 John are believed to be written by the same author and most scholars believe the author is John the Evangelist.

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).

“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God” (3 John 11).

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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