The Whole Point of the Book of 3 John
Posted: Thursday, December 7
3 John 1:1-14
Verse of the Day:
Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. (3 Johns 1:5)
The book of 3 John is super short, just under 300 words and only one chapter long. It was written by John the Apostle, Jesus’ closest disciple, to a man named Gaius. We’re not quite sure who Gaius is, but some pretty good guesses peg him as someone John lead to know Jesus, a missionary assistant to Paul, and/or someone who was affiliated with the Corinthian church that was helping fellow missionaries.
What’s interesting about this book being part of the canon of Scripture is that it has one central point to it - support missionaries/evangelists. John applauds Gaius for being faithful to caring for traveling teachers of Christianity and condemns the actions of another man called Diotrephes for opposing missionaries/evangelists. Diotrephes would kick people out of the church if they would support missionaries/evangelists and by John’s context, had a major ego. Major drama occurring even in the early church.
It’s fascinating that those who gathered and authenticated all of the books of the Bible would deem this one super short letter from John as worthy of canon and allow it to join the ranks of Psalms, Romans, and Genesis. But that’s the point - this central message from John about supporting people who travel to share the Gospel has equal value as the story of creation or salvation. Doing our part to ensure that the message of Jesus can travel the world is critical to God and why a 299 word letter is part of the most important book of all time. Now that we know the whole point to the book of 3 John, let’s do our best to obey Scripture and support those traveling with the Gospel.