DATE: circa 90 AD
John’s third letter is his most personal message. It’s addressed to Gaius and focuses on an ecclesiastical problem regarding traveling teachers. Gaius had given provided hospitality, but Diotrephes had refused to do so. John rebuke Diotrephes (v. 10) by his apostolic authority. It is probable that the letter was delivered to Gaius by Demetrius, who himself might have been a traveling teacher.
OUTLINE OF 3 JOHN
I. Opening Greetings, 1:1
II. The Influence of Gaius, 2-8
A. His Godly Life, 2-4
B. His Generous Treatment of Traveling Ministers, 5-8
III. The Indictment of Diotrephes, 9-11
A. His Selfish Ambition, 1:9
B. His Selfish Activities, 10-11
IV. The Introduction of Demetrius, 1:12
V. Concluding Remarks and Benediction, 13-14
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