his epistle is addressed to all believers in the gospel. Its
design appears to be to guard believers against the false
teachers who had begun to creep into the Christian church, and
to scatter dangerous tenets, by attempting to lower all
Christianity into a merely nominal belief and outward profession
of the gospel. Having thus denied the obligations of personal
holiness, they taught their disciples to live in sinful courses,
at the same time flattering them with the hope of eternal life.
The vile character of these seducers is shown, and their
sentence is denounced, and the epistle concludes with warnings,
admonitions, and counsels to believers.