THE THIRD EPISTLE
Author: John the elder (v. 1).
Time of Writing: After the second Epistle was written; see introductions to 1 and 2 John.
Place of Writing: The same as the second Epistle; see introduction to 2 John.
Recipient: Gaius (v. 1 and note 2).
Encouragement to the Fellow Workers in the Truth
A. Loving in Truthfulness
1 The 1elder to 2Gaius the abeloved, whom I blove in 3ctruthfulness.
B. Prospering in All Things and in Health
2 Beloved, concerning 1all things I 2wish that you may 3prosper and be in 4health, even as your 5soul 3prospers.
C. Walking in the Truth
3 For I 1rejoiced greatly at the brothers' coming and atestifying to 2your steadfastness in the truth, even as you 3walk in 4truth.
4 I have no greater joy than these things, that I hear that my achildren are walking in the btruth.
II. Hospitality to the Traveling Workers
A. Given Faithfully, in Love,
and in a Manner Worthy of God
5 aBeloved, you do bfaithfully in 1whatever you have wrought for the brothers, and this for 2cstrangers,
6 Who atestified to your 1love before the 2church; whom you 3will do well to bsend forward in a manner 4cworthy of God;
B. By the Fellow Workers in the Truth
7 For on behalf of the 1aName they went out, taking nothing from the 2Gentiles.
8 We therefore ought to 1support such ones that we may become afellow workers in the 2truth.
III. Imitation Not of the Evil
but of the Good
A. The Self-exalting
and Domineering Diotrephes --
An Evil Pattern
9 I wrote something to the 1church; but 2Diotrephes, who loves 3to be afirst among them, does not 4receive us.
10 For this reason, if I come, I will bring to remembrance his works which he does, 1babbling against us with 2evil words; and not being satisfied with these, neither does he himself receive the brothers, and those intending to do so he forbids and acasts out of the church.
11 Beloved, do not aimitate the 1bevil, but the good. He who 2does cgood is 3of God; he who 4does evil has 5dnot seen God.
B. The Well-reported Demetrius --
A Good Example
12 To 1Demetrius atestimony has been borne by 2all and by the 3truth itself; and 4we also testify, and you know that our testimony is 5btrue.
A. The Hope for Closer Fellowship
13 I had amany things to write to you, but I do not want to write to you with ink and pen;
B. Mutual Greetings
14 But I 1ahope to see you shortly, and we will speak 2face to face. Peace to you. The bfriends greet you. Greet the friends by cname.