A Letter to Gaius
3 John 1:1-8
(1) From the Elder (the apostle John), to my beloved friend Gaius (probably a church leader in the Roman province of Asia, not too far from Ephesus) whom I love in the truth. (2) My beloved friend Gaius, I pray that you are enjoying good health and that all is going well with your soul. (3) It gave me great joy when some believers came (to Ephesus) and told us about your faithfulness to the truth, telling us how you continue to live in it. (4) I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living in the truth.
(5) My beloved friend Gaius, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters (possibly representatives or missionaries from the church in Ephesus), even though they are strangers to you. (6) They have told the church (in Ephesus) about your love. Please send them on their journey in a way that honors God. (7) They went out from us (the church in Ephesus) for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ, taking no help from the unbelievers. (8) Therefore, we should always provide hospitality to such people, so that we may work together for the truth.
3 John 1:9-10
(9) I wrote (possibly the letters of 1 John and 2 John) to the church (probably located in the Roman province of Asia, not that far from Ephesus), but Diotrephes (possibly the owner of the house in which the church met), who loves to exalt himself above everyone else, will not welcome us. (10) So when I come to visit, I will expose what he is doing, because he is spreading slanderous nonsense against us. Not content with that, he also refuses to welcome other believers (possibly the representatives or missionaries from the church in Ephesus), and even stops those who want to help them and puts them out of the church.
Gaius and Demetrius
3 John 1:11-14
(11) My beloved friend Gaius, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Whoever does what is good is from God, but whoever does what is evil has not seen God. (12) Demetrius (possibly one of the representatives or missionaries from the Ephesus church) is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.
(13) I have much more to tell you, but I do not want to write you these things. (14) I hope to visit you soon, and we can talk face to face. Peace to you! Your friends in Ephesus send their greetings. Greet our friends there by name.