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3 JOHN - Introduction

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3 John - Introduction

Supplemental Commentary:

[See Introduction to 2 John.]


Confraternity Bible:

THE THIRD EPISTLE OF ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE

Introduction

The Third Epistle of St. John is addressed to a certain Gaius.  Whether he is to be identified with a Christian of the same name mentioned in Acts 19, 29 and 20, 4, is uncertain.

The time and place of composition of this Epistle are likewise uncertain.  The similarity of content and form, however, suggests that it was written about the same time as the Second Epistle.

The Epistle, though brief, vividly portrays certain features in the life of the early Church.  Gaius is praised for his hospitality and for walking in the truth.  Diotrephes on the contrary is censured for his ambition and lack of hospitality.  A certain Demetrius is also commended for his virtue.