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The Book of 3 John - Summary

3 John is a personal letter from John to Gaius. It is in the New Testament of the Bible.

John was glad to hear that Gaius taught the true Christian message. John was also glad that Gaius looked after other Christians. These Christians were travelling to teach God's message elsewhere. And Gaius helped them.

There were some problems in Gaius's church. John wanted to come so that he could help Gaius.

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Listen Download Chapter 1 Greeting; Gaius Commended; Diotrephes & Demetrius; Farewell.

Book of 3John Outlines by J.Vernon McGee PDF format <Link>

About John’s third letter

Most students believe that John wrote this letter. He was the *apostle John, who also wrote the *Gospel of John.

John wrote to a person called Gaius. John is sad, because Diotrephes is hurting Christian people. Diotrephes is not *welcoming Christians. Also, he is saying bad things about John. He is telling *lies. John is *warning Gaius not to copy Diotrephes.

The Letter

v1 I, the Church leader, am writing this letter to you, Gaius. I really love you. v2 My *dear friend, I ask God to give you good health. Your *spirit is well. I hope that you may do as well in everything. v3 I was very happy when I heard news about you. Some Christians arrived. And they told me that you are living as you should live. I know that you will continue to live like that. v4 It makes me really happy when I hear news like that about my *children. I am happy when they are really living properly.

v5 My *dear friend, you have done many things to help other Christians. You help those who travel about and teach about Jesus Christ. You do this even when they are strangers to you. This shows that you really *trust Christ. v6 These people that you helped have told the Christians here about your love. I say to you, ‘Continue to help people who are like that.’ Give them what they need to travel. This *pleases God. v7 Because these people are travelling about to tell about Jesus Christ. They do not take help from those that are not Christians. v8 So, we Christians ought to receive them. And we should give them what they need. So we will work together with them as they tell people the true message about Christ.

v9 I wrote to the Christians in your town. But Diotrephes refuses to read to them what I wrote. He wants to be the only important person among them. v10 So, when I come, I will speak to the Christians there about this. Diotrephes is saying false and bad things about me to other people. He is doing something worse than that. He refuses to receive Christians from other places when you meet together. He will not let them teach the Christians in your town. And, if someone wants to receive those travelling Christians, he does not let them. He even sends away those who want to receive them.

v11 My *dear friend, do not copy bad people. Instead, you should copy what good people do. The person who does good things is a child of God. But the person who does bad things does not know God.

v12 All Christians say that Demetrius is a good person. He really lives as God wants. And this shows that he is a good person. I also tell you that he is a good person. And whatever things I say about anyone are true. You know that.

v13 I would like to tell you many more things. But I do not want to write them in a letter. v14 Instead, I hope to come and visit you soon. Then we can talk together.

I *pray that God will give you *peace. All your Christian friends here say hello to you. Say hello for me to each of my friends there.

Word List

apostle ~ a man that God chose to lead other Christians and to teach about Jesus.

children ~ John was an old man. He wrote to his readers as if they were his children.

dear ~ what we call someone that we love.

dear children ~ John was an old man. He wrote to his readers as if they were his children.

Gospel ~ a book about the good news; the message that Jesus came to save us from the results of *sin.

lie ~ something that is false.

peace ~ when we have no troubles in our mind or *spirit.

please ~ make someone happy.

pray ~ talk with God.

Satan ~ God’s enemy. He is also called the devil.

sin ~ not to obey God’s rules.

spirit ~ the part of a person that will always be alive, even after their body is dead; someone that is always alive, even without a body. There are good spirits, like God’s Spirit and God’s servants. And there are bad spirits, like *Satan and his servants.

trust ~ believe that someone will do good things for you.

warn ~ tell someone about the danger of something; say that something (usually bad) will happen.

welcome ~ say ‘hello’ to; let a person come into your home with pleasure.

Book List

Andrew Persson ~ Translator’s helps on 1, 2 & 3 John

English and Greek Interlinear text, Paumari New Testament, A.V., T.E.V. & N.I.V.

Book 64 3 John
King James Version
001:001 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
001:002 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
001:003 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
001:004 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
001:005 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
001:006 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
001:007 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
001:008 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
001:009 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
001:010 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
001:011 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
001:012 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
001:013 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
001:014 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.



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