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The Book of 3 John

Timeline of the Bible

God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood, but saves  Noah and his family.---
 God chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. --- David is Israel's greatest king.--- Israel divides into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.--- The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and Judah.---   The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.--- Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans take control of Israel.--- Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.--- Christianity spreads. --- Paul and other apostles write letters to Christians in other places.  This book of the Bible happens during this time  In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again.

This letter was written by John.  He was writing to a man named Gaius about a man named Diotrephes. Diothephes was causing a problem in one of the churches.  He was spreading gossip. He was also refusing to welcome some of the Christians who wanted to visit his church.

3 John 1

John praises Gaius for his kindness and faithfulness.
John comments about a man named Diotrephes.

John reminds the church to continue to do good things.


3 John 1

John praises Gaius for his kindness and faithfulness.

I am writing to the well-loved Gaius. I love you in truth.

[1] The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

I wish more than anything that you will be successful and in good health and that your soul is strong.

[2] Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

I was very happy when some of your people came and told me that you are strong in the truth. Your actions show the truth.

[3] For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

It makes me the most happy when I hear that my children are walking in the truth.

[4] I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Beloved, you behave faithfully to people in your church and also to strangers.
[5] Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;

The strangers have reported about your kindness. You can send them on their journey in a good way.

[6] Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

They go out in Jesus' name.  They don't take anything from people who don't believe.

[7] Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.

We need to support them and show them hospitality. That is how we can help spread the Truth about Jesus.
[8] We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

John comments about a man named Diotrephes.

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes did not receive us. He loves to be in control.

[9] I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

If I come there, I will remember what he has done.  He talked bad about us. He does not show hospitality.He tries to make others not show hospitality. He says he will put them out of the church.

[10] Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

John reminds the church to continue to do good things.

My loved ones, do not follow things that are evil. Follow things that are good. The people who do good things are part of God. The people who do evil things have not seen God.

[11] Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Demetrius had a good report about all men and their teaching the truth. You know we tell the truth.

[12] Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.

I had a lot to write, but I won't write it on paper. I will see you soon. Then we will talk face-to-face.  Peace to you. Our friends salute you. Say hello to our friends.

[13] I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
[14] But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

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