Summary of 3 John
Audience: Church Elder Gaius
Subjects: Welcome those who live for
Jesus, Imitate good, Evildoers are not from God, etc.
The letter of 3 John is a short letter
written by John to an elder named Gaius. Unfortunately, John does not
cover many subjects in 3 John, a major reason being that he is able
to see him in person (as stated in verse 14).
Summary of 3 John 1
John tells Gaius that he is very
pleased with the report he received from fellow Christians that Gaius
has been hospitable and caring to those who have been doing God's
work by traveling around and witnessing about Jesus Christ.
John then speaks of someone who claims
to be a member of the Church named Diotrephes, but "who loves to
be first" and "will have nothing to do with us." (3
John 1:9 NIV) John says that this person has been spreading false
rumors about John and the others doing the work of Christ. He says he
will address this issue in person.
John then speaks briefly of another
person named Demetrius, who "is well spoken of by everyone,"
(3 John 1:12 NIV) which is the end of the letter.
Concluding Summary of 3 John
By the sound of this letter, it is
possible that someone named Diotrephes was holding some position of
authority in the church, yet his behavior was actually opposing
Christ. John then mentions Demetrius, but he says very little about
him, except that he is well spoken of by everyone.
It is very likely that John was
mentioning Demetrius as a replacement for Diotrephes. 3 John sounds
like a letter to inform Gaius that Diotrephes needs to be removed
from his position of authority (since his actions clearly indicate
that he is not a Christian - "Anyone who does what is evil has
not seen God." 3 John 1:11 NIV) and have him replaced with
While this letter is very short, it
appears to give us a glimpse into the developing structure of the
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