Encouragement and a warning for Gaius, an early believer.
1. What makes John rejoice greatly and gives him great joy?
v 3 and 4 For I rejoiced greatly when brothers came and testified about your truth, even as you walk in truth. I have no greater joy than this: to hear about my children walking in truth.
2. What has been testified of Gaius?
v 6 They have testified about your love before the assembly. ...
3. What are the problems caused by Diotrephes?
v 9 and 10 ... Diotrephes, who loves to be first amongst them, doesn’t accept what we say. Therefore if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words. Not content with this, neither does he himself receive the brothers, and those who would, he forbids and throws out of the assembly.
- v 1 to 8 Gaius is commended for keeping to the truth and for his hospitality to visiting believers
- v 9 and 10 Gaius is warned against Diotrephes who is disrupting the assembly with his bad behaviour
- v 11 to 14 By contrast Demetrius is well spoken of. John hopes to visit Gaius soon, so will refrain from writing more now