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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

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Commentary on The Third Letter of John

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1–2 : Address and prayer.

1 :

Gaius, an exemplary Christian, has already aided itinerant preachers (v. 6 ). To love in the truth is to love as a Christian.

3–14 : The body of the letter.

4 :

In 2 Jn. 4 the phrase living by the truth means obedience to God.

5 :

The writer recommends Demetrius (v. 12 ) and his associates to Gaius' care as our fellow-Christians.

9 :

Diotrephes is not heretical but he is a foe of the Elder, overambitious, unjust, and uncharitable.

11 :

The Christian well-doer is called a child of God in 1 Jn. 3.9 .

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See 2 Jn. 12–13 . The note ends with a wish of peace, the sum total of all Christ's blessings.

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