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3 John: Serving God's Servants
3 John 1-15
As believers, what is our responsibility to faithful ministers of the Gospel?
Published April 16th, 2017; Updated April 16th, 2017
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Main point summary of 3 John 1-4
Arcing of 3 John 1-4
Main point summary of 3 John 5-12
Arcing of 3 John 5-12
Main point summary of 3 John 13-15
Arcing of 3 John 13-15
Main point summary of 3 John 1-4
Because nothing gives John greater joy than believers who are walking in the truth, he prays for Gaius to be as prosperous and healthy physically as he already is spiritually.
Arcing of 3 John 1-4
3 John 1-4
a The elder
Ὁ πρεσβύτερος
to the beloved Gaius,
Γαΐῳ τῷ ἀγαπητῷ,
b whom I love in truth.
ὃν ἐγὼ ἀγαπῶ ἐν ἀληθείᾳ.
Beloved, I pray
Ἀγαπητέ, ... εὔχομαί ...
that all may go well with you
... περὶ πάντων ... σε εὐοδοῦσθαι
and that you may be in good health,
καὶ ὑγιαίνειν,
as it goes well with your soul.
καθὼς εὐοδοῦταί σου ἡ ψυχή.
For c I rejoiced greatly
ἐχάρην γὰρ λίαν
when the brothers 1 came and testified to your truth,
ἐρχομένων ἀδελφῶν καὶ μαρτυρούντων σου τῇ ἀληθείᾳ,
as indeed you are walking in the truth.
καθὼς σὺ ἐν ἀληθείᾳ περιπατεῖς.
I have no greater joy than to hear
μειζοτέραν τούτων οὐκ ἔχω χαράν,
that d my children are walking in the truth.
ἵνα ἀκούω τὰ ἐμὰ τέκνα ἐν ἀληθείᾳ περιπατοῦντα.
Main point summary of 3 John 5-12
John vouches for Demetrius, an itinerant servant of the Gospel, to Gaius, as one who is worthy of economic support, in keeping with the apostle's command to Gaius to not imitate what is evil - an example being what Diotrephes is doing (i.e., refusing to welcome traveling ministers, stopping and even excommunicating brothers who do), but to imitate what is good - just as what Gaius is already doing in faithfully supporting the traveling ministers of the Gospel.
Arcing of 3 John 5-12
3 John 5-12
Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for e these brothers, f strangers as they are,
Ἀγαπητέ, πιστὸν ποιεῖς ὃ ἐὰν ἐργάσῃ εἰς τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς καὶ τοῦτο ξένους,
who testified to your love before the church.
οἳ ἐμαρτύρησάν σου τῇ ἀγάπῃ ἐνώπιον ἐκκλησίας,
You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner g worthy of God.
οὓς καλῶς ποιήσεις προπέμψας ἀξίως τοῦ θεοῦ•
For they have gone out for the sake of h the name,
ὑπὲρ γὰρ τοῦ ὀνόματος ἐξῆλθον
i accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
μηδὲν λαμβάνοντες ἀπὸ τῶν ἐθνικῶν.
Therefore we ought to support people like these,
ἡμεῖς οὖν ὀφείλομεν ὑπολαμβάνειν τοὺς τοιούτους,
that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
ἵνα συνεργοὶ γινώμεθα τῇ ἀληθείᾳ.
I have written something to the church,
Ἔγραψά τι τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ•
but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
ἀλλʼ ὁ φιλοπρωτεύων αὐτῶν Διοτρέφης οὐκ ἐπιδέχεται ἡμᾶς.
So if I come,
διὰ τοῦτο, ἐὰν ἔλθω,
I will bring up what he is doing,
ὑπομνήσω αὐτοῦ τὰ ἔργα ἃ ποιεῖ
talking wicked nonsense against us.
λόγοις πονηροῖς φλυαρῶν ἡμᾶς,
And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers,
καὶ μὴ ἀρκούμενος ἐπὶ τούτοις οὔτε αὐτὸς ἐπιδέχεται τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς
and also stops those who want to
καὶ τοὺς βουλομένους κωλύει
and puts them out of the church.
καὶ ἐκ τῆς ἐκκλησίας ἐκβάλλει.
Beloved, j do not imitate evil
Ἀγαπητέ, μὴ μιμοῦ τὸ κακὸν
but imitate good.
ἀλλὰ τὸ ἀγαθόν.
k Whoever does good is from God;
ὁ ἀγαθοποιῶν ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ ἐστιν•
l whoever does evil has not seen God.
ὁ κακοποιῶν οὐχ ἑώρακεν τὸν θεόν.
Demetrius m has received a good testimony from everyone,
Δημητρίῳ μεμαρτύρηται ὑπὸ πάντων
and from the truth itself.
καὶ ὑπὸ αὐτῆς τῆς ἀληθείας•
We also add our testimony,
καὶ ἡμεῖς δὲ μαρτυροῦμεν,
and n you know that our testimony is true.
καὶ οἶδας ὅτι ἡ μαρτυρία ἡμῶν ἀληθής ἐστιν.
Main point summary of 3 John 13-15
John restrains himself from writing the many things he wanted to say to Gaius because of his hope of telling these things to him in person soon.
Arcing of 3 John 13-15
3 John 13-15
o I had much to write to you,
Πολλὰ εἶχον γράψαι σοι
but I would rather not write with pen and ink.
ἀλλʼ οὐ θέλω διὰ μέλανος καὶ καλάμου σοι γράφειν•
I hope to see you soon,
ἐλπίζω δὲ εὐθέως σε ἰδεῖν,
and we will talk face to face.
καὶ στόμα πρὸς στόμα λἁλήσομεν.
Peace be to you.
Εἰρήνη σοι.
The friends greet you.
ἀσπάζονταί σε οἱ φίλοι.
Greet the friends, p each by name.
ἀσπάζου τοὺς φίλους κατʼ ὄνομα.
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