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3rd Epistle

Daily Reading: 3 John (entire epistle)

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John’s early nick-name:

“The disciple whom (Jesus) loved” (John 20:2). “Sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17).

John’s late in life nick-name:

“Presbyteros”- the old man (3 John 1:1).

John pens the words “old man” as a reminder of the life experiences he has and the wisdom he has to impart to the youngsters (3 John 1).

What precedes "good health" is the word agapētos (beloved). What leads to good health is the understanding that you (be-loved) by wonderful family members of God and that you (be-loved) by your heavenly Father (3 John 1:2).

John’s desire is that as you have a revelation that you are God’s beloved child (that not only has He led your soul to a prosperous journey), to that same degree (kathōs) you might be well and in good health in your body in Jesus’ name.


He holds himself supreme, above everyone else, and is not welcoming towards believers. He forbids the purpose of the church going forward by attacking true believers and the work they are doing with false accusations in order to cause them great pain. He isn’t satisfied with the pain he causes he goes even further and has them thrown out of the assembly of believers (3 John 1:9-10).

What John is saying is the good that we do that profits others (agathos) has its origins and proceeds out of God. So, the good in which we do is the fruit He bears in our lives, all glory to God (3 John 1:11).

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