2 & 3 John
objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each
verse we have also added in italic a simple comment of what is
2 & 3 John
notes appear at the end of each letter.
down to 3 John)
the elder at Ephesus. Whether to an individual or a church is
unknown. Whoever it is, they are loved by him and all who know
elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love
in the truth – and not I only, but also all who know the
they are living ‘in Christ' holding to the truth) because
of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us for ever:
from God abound in the environment of truth and love) Grace,
mercy and peace from God the
Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, will be with us
in truth and love.
has seen the fruit of it – other new believers) It
has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in
the truth, just as the Father commanded us.
The Command to Love
reinforces the old command from Jesus to love one another)
And now, dear
lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from
the beginning. I ask that we love one another.
is revealed through obedience to Jesus) And
this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you
have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in
Reason & Warning
needs saying because there are many giving false leadership and
they are of the enemy ) I
say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus
Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any
such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.
them [implied] and hold on to what we have imparted to you)
Watch out that
you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded
from that, diverts from God) Anyone
who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ
does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both
the Father and the Son.
people come with other teaching, reject them) If
anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take
them into your house or welcome them.
you welcome such people you welcome their lies into your life)
welcomes them shares in their wicked work.
Future Hope & Greeting
want to share so much more but will wait until I can be with you)
I have much
to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead,
I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our
joy may be complete.
believers here greet you) The
children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.
Echoes from John's first letter suggest this is who is writing
and he is an elder at Ephesus near the end of the first century.
The cause of his writing is obvious: he worries about the church
(individuals or the body) and is aware that there are many around
who are bringing heresies and deception that is leading believers
astray. He is going notice of coming to see them sometime but
for the moment he wants them to hold on to the fundamental teaching
of loving one another. It is that simple in the church. In this
very simple letter we see the communication that went on between
individuals in the Christian community as well as between churches
and the works of the enemy they were continually having to combat.]
John, an elder of Ephesus, to an unknown [to us] individual)
To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
About his feelings for Gaius
brings warm wishes) Dear
friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may
go well with you, just as you are progressing spiritually.
been talked about by mutual acquaintances) It
gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about
your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk
brings him great joy, what he's heard) I
have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking
in the truth.
The Apostles received & Rejected
applauds his faithful love and concern for [what seems] some of
the apostolic team that has come to him…) Dear
friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers
and sisters, even though they are strangers to you.
who have told about his love) They
have told the church about your love. Please send them on their
way in a manner that honours God.
came to serve God with no support from the world) It
was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no
help from the pagans.
we ought to support such servants of the Lord) We
ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we
may work together for the truth.
had already written to the church [where Gaius obviously was]
but the leader who doesn't accept outside ministry well, wouldn't
welcome the team) I
wrote to the church, but Diotrephes , who loves
to be first, will not welcome us.
when he comes there he will challenge his malicious gossip about
them, and his tendency to isolationism ) So
when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading
malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even
refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want
to do so and puts them out of the church.
Encouragement & Hope
copy such men [implied] and only seek to do good) Dear
friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who
does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has
not seen God.
leader [presumably] is very different and everyone speaks well
of him) Demetrius
well spoken of by everyone – and even by the truth itself.
We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is
want to write more but I'll wait until I see you) I
have much to write to you, but I do not want to do so with pen
hoping to come soon so know God's peace in the meantime. Greetings
from those here.) I
hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to
you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends
there by name.
Synopsis: John writes to a believer who is clearly a
loved friend who is in a church somewhere where some of the apostolic
team want to go. However one of the leaders there who dislikes
contacts with others, feels threatened by the thought of these
men coming and has rebuffed John. There is another leader there
who is very different and who John commends. John commends his
friend and warns against this negative leader and says he hopes
to come to them in the near future. This simple little letter
shows us the interaction that went on across the Church and the
apostolic role that John still played even in old age.]