3 John

John the Evangelist wrote the Third Letter of John to Gaius. He commends Gaius, and makes recommendations about two people.


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AUTHOR. “The elder,” as the author of 3 John calls himself, is probably the same as the author of 2 John.

RECIPIENTS. It is addressed to Gaius, who is otherwise unknown.

DATE. Similarities between 3 John with 1 John and 2 John suggest they were written at around the same time, perhaps around 100 AD, and perhaps at Ephesus.


  • To commend Gaius
  • To recommend that Gaius meet Demetrius
  • To warns Gaius against Diotrephes



3 John 1:1-4. Greetings

3 John 1:5-8. Caring for itinerant preachers

3 John 1:9-12. Diotrephes is damaging the community

3 John 1:13-14. Conclusion



3 John 1:4. I have no greater joy than this: to hear about my children walking in truth.

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