3 John



The apostle John. See Introduction to 2 John: Authorship.


Uncertain; probably late in the first century.


Love for the truth; and support for true Christian teachers.


To encourage love among brothers and service to traveling missionaries.


The Contribution of 3 John to Redemptive Revelation

John wrote this letter to a faithful Christian man about whom we know little except his name, Gaius. This common Latin name belonged to other men in the New Testament (Acts 19:29; 20:4; Rom. 16:23; 1 Cor. 1:14)—and to more than one Roman dictator. The Gaius whom John loved was no dictator. John calls him “beloved” four times in this short epistle (3 John 1,2,5,11), a lavish reminder of his pleasure in Gaius’s faithfulness. He is a model of soul prosperity (3 John 2) by the power of God’s truth (3 John 3-4), producing the fruit of love and missionary support (3 John 5-8).

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ByJustus Musinguzi

Promoting the annual reading and study of the whole Bible, and teaching the treasures of God's truth that honors God, is saturated with grace, exalts Christ, and is driven by the gospel.