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 elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truthfulness.
B. Prospering in All Things and in Health
2 Beloved, concerning all things I wish that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.
C. Walking in the Truth
3 For I rejoiced greatly at the brothers' coming and testifying to your steadfastness in the truth, even as you walk in truth.
4 I have no greater joy than these things, that I hear that my children are walking in the truth.
II. Hospitality to the Traveling Workers
A. Given Faithfully, in Love,
and in a Manner Worthy of God
5 Beloved, you do faithfully in whatever you have wrought for the brothers, and this for strangers,
6 Who testified to your love before the church; whom you will do well to send forward in a manner worthy of God;
B. By the Fellow Workers in the Truth
7 For on behalf of the Name they went out, taking nothing from the Gentiles.
8 We therefore ought to support such ones that we may become fellow workers in the truth.
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 church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not receive us.
10 For this reason, if I come, I will bring to remembrance his works which he does, babbling against us with evil words; and not being satisfied with these, neither does he himself receive the brothers, and those intending to do so he forbids and casts out of the church.
11 Beloved, do not imitate the evil, but the good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has not seen God.
B. The Well-reported Demetrius --
A Good Example
12 To Demetrius testimony has been borne by all and by the truth itself; and we also testify, and you know that our testimony is true.
A. The Hope for Closer Fellowship
13 I had many things to write to you, but I do not want to write to you with ink and pen;
B. Mutual Greetings
14 But I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak face to face. Peace to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.