The Third Epistle of John

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 162–163

John’s Third Epistle

The Apostle John wrote this third epistle about the same time as the first two. The occasion and purpose of this letter was similar to those of 1 John (see the introduction for 1 John). It was written to “well beloved Gaius” to thank him for his support of the brethren (missionaries) John had sent to the area. John also used that opportunity to chastise Diotrephes for not accepting those same leaders.