Book of 3rdJohn
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|Apostle John, (v 1:1), one of the 12 disciples and brother of the disciple James.||
This letter is written to Gaius, (most likely a member or elder
of a church), most likely in Asia Minor. John addresses a church issue
and concludes his writing on it by saying; I do not wish to write in pen
and ink about this, but will rather speak to you in person about this
matter. Implying that, some issues are of a sensitive nature and should
only be addressed in person.
1John, the church elder,
To my beloved friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers. 3I greatly rejoiced when I had heard testimony of how you are walking in the truth, that is within you. 4No greater joy could I have than to know that my children are walking in the truth.
5For you are faithful in all that you do for the brethren and for the travelers and the strangers. 6For they have brought back word to the church of your love and hospitably towards them and you shall do well if you send them on their journey in a manner that is worthy of God. 7Because they have gone forth speaking the Word of God, taking nothing from the gentiles. 8Therefore we should welcome them, that we might also become partakers with them in doing the Lord's work.
9I sent a letter to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to elevate himself above all the others, would not receive us. 10Therefore, if I come, I will address this, for he parades about with divisive words, nether does he receive the brethren and he even forbids those who would, to the extreme of putting them out of the church. 11My brother, do not imitate what is evil, but rather what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
12Demetrius has given us a good testimony and we also bear witness to this truth. 13I have much to tell you, but do not wish to write with pen and ink. 14Rather, I hope to see you shortly and we can speak face to face.
Peace to you and the friends here also greet you, also greet them by name.