The Epistle of 3rd John
3 John 1:1-14
1 The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
This third epistle carries with it the same themes that were expressed in the first 2 epistles. John's children were being invaded with the problem of false doctrines and false teachers within the church. The good news is that the believing body, for the most part, was walking in the truth that they were taught and that brought great joy to his heart as it would the heart of any pastor who teaches the truth. The letter is written to a man named Gaius. There were many men who were names Gaius in scripture, so it would be next to impossible to link his name with those in scripture. In the book of Acts, Romans and 1st Corinthians, we see the name Gaius. In this epistle he is described