This secular opening (contrast 2 Jn 1–3
) indicates that this is a private letter from the Elder (of 2 Jn 1
) to Gaius. Beloved (vv. 2,5,11
) indicates the relationship of friendship and hospitality that this letter seeks to establish (see Introduction).
The Elder hopes that Gaius will provide a permanent base of support for traveling missionaries.
Other missionaries have given a glowing report about Gaius, testified to your love before the church (v. 6
). Traveling missionaries need to receive help from fellow Christians so that they will not have to turn to unbelievers (v. 7
The Elder is turning to Gaius because a prominent Christian in the region, Diotrephes, now refuses to have anything to do
with missionaries sent by the Elder (vv. 9–10
; see Introduction). Does not acknowledge our authority implies that Diotrephes refused to accept a previous letter from the Elder to the church in the region. However, a personal
visit could heal the breach (v. 10
The Elder adds a recommendation for Demetrius (see Rom 16.1–2
), who may have brought the letter to Gaius.
See 2 Jn 12–13
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