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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

3 John

- 3 John

by E.W. Bullinger

3Jo THE THIRD EPISTLE OF JOHN. THE STRUCTURE OF THE EPISTLE AS A WHOLE 3 John 1:1-2 . SALUTATION. 3 John 1:3-4 . WITNESS AS TO WALK IN THE TRUTH. 3 John 1:5-8 . COMMENDATION : LOVE TO STRANGERS. 3 John 1:9-10 . MALICE OF DIOTREPHES. 3 John 1:11 . EXHORTATION : FOLLOW GOOD. 3 John 1:12 . WITNESS AS TO WALK IN THE TRUTH. 3 John 1:13-14 . SALUTATION. The Third Epistle is to "Gaius the beloved", a notable believer. The name was a common one, and the bearer may not be of those mentioned in Acts , &c. The probability is that both epistles were written from Ephesus and about the same time, but nothing is known definitely as to either place or time of writing. The reader will readily see the Structure of these two short epistles. Each takes the form of an Introversion , the intermediate members marking exhortation and warning. The Third Epistle contains a personal element, commendation of Gaius and Demetrius, and condemnation of Diotrephes.