3 John

The apostle John addressed this letter to "the beloved Gaius whom I love in the truth" (v.1). John wrote asking Gaius to look after the preachers of the true gospel who were currently in his area and to attend to their needs. Gaius was well known for his kindness. Some of the believers had reported this to John. They had confirmed also that he was following "the truth" (v.3). Strangers, too, had told the church about his kindness.

Another faithful believer mentioned in the letter was Demetrius (v.12). John wrote that he too had a good report from all men.

For us the message is clear. What we believe and how we live are both vital. If we are faithful to God's word we too can obtain "a good report" - from God Himself (see Hebrews 11:39,40).

Both the second and third letters of John are short. Perhaps conscious of this, John ends each one by saying that he has more he could write about, but he will come and visit his readers instead: "I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee, but I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face" (vv.13,14).



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