The Books of the New Testament
The Book of 3 John
Brief Summary. The epistle of 3 John is a
letter where John commends a Christian man named Gaius who showed warm hearted
hospitality to certain missionary helpers of John's. These same missionaries had
been treated badly by an officer of the local church named Diotrephes. Not only
does John commend Gaius for his hospitality but he calls him beloved four times.
John writes this letter to inform Gaius as to how to deal with this situation
and to tell him of his plan to visit him and the church as soon as possible.
Latin: Iohannis III
Greek: Ioannou g,
Third (letter) of John
Author: John the
disciple whom Jesus loved.
Writing to: Gaius,
a Christian in the region of Ephesus.
Classification: Personal Note
Exhortation in view of tyrannical teacher in the church.
A Rebuke to
Certain Helpers. John thanks Gaius for his kindness to Godís people and rebukes
Dictionary: Third John
Dictionary: Third John
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3 John. "CHRISTIAN communion is exerted and cherished by letter.
Christians are to be commended in the practical proof of their professed
subjection to the gospel of Christ. The animating and countenancing of generous
and public-spirited persons is doing good to many--to this end the apostle sends
this encouraging epistle to his friend Gaius, in which also he complains of the
quite opposite spirit and practice of a certain minister, and confirms the good
report concerning another more worthy to be imitated." - Matthew Henry (Read
Outline of the Book of 3 John (Scriptures and Topics Covered)
The Godliness and Generosity of Gaius - 1:1-8
The Selfishness of Diotrephes - 1:9-11
The Good Example of Demetrius - 1:12
Questions for further study.
Who was the author of the book of Third John?
Who was Gaius?
Why did John thank Gaius?
Who was Diotrephes?
Why did John rebuke Diotrephes?
Who was Demetrius?
What was praiseworthy about Demetrius?
When was the book of Third John written?
Where was the book of Third John written?
What language was the book of Third John written in?
Why did John feel the need to write Third John?
What is the main theme of the book of Third John?
What was John's relationship with the city of Ephesus?
3 John Resources
Map of New Testament Israel
the Roman Empire
Map of the New Testament World
Map of Paul's First Missionary Journey
Map of Paul's Second Missionary Journey
Map of New Testament Cities
Map of the 7 Churches of Revelation (Asia Minor)
Map of the Roman Empire In the Time of Jesus
of Asia in Roman Times
Map of New Testament Greece