A Letter to a Christian Friend
An EasyEnglish Bible Version with Notes (1200 word vocabulary) on the third Letter of John
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v1 I, the Church leader, am writing this letter to you, Gaius. I really love you. v2 My *dear friend, I ask God to give you good health. Your *spirit is well. I hope that you may do as well in everything. v3 I was very happy when I heard news about you. Some Christians arrived. And they told me that you are living as you should live. I know that you will continue to live like that. v4 It makes me really happy when I hear news like that about my *children. I am happy when they are really living properly.
v5 My *dear friend, you have done many things to help other Christians. You help those who travel about and teach about Jesus Christ. You do this even when they are strangers to you. This shows that you really *trust Christ. v6 These people that you helped have told the Christians here about your love. I say to you, ĎContinue to help people who are like that.í Give them what they need to travel. This *pleases God. v7 Because these people are travelling about to tell about Jesus Christ. They do not take help from those that are not Christians. v8 So, we Christians ought to receive them. And we should give them what they need. So we will work together with them as they tell people the true message about Christ.
v9 I wrote to the Christians in your town. But Diotrephes refuses to read to them what I wrote. He wants to be the only important person among them. v10 So, when I come, I will speak to the Christians there about this. Diotrephes is saying false and bad things about me to other people. He is doing something worse than that. He refuses to receive Christians from other places when you meet together. He will not let them teach the Christians in your town. And, if someone wants to receive those travelling Christians, he does not let them. He even sends away those who want to receive them.
v11 My *dear friend, do not copy bad people. Instead, you should copy what good people do. The person who does good things is a child of God. But the person who does bad things does not know God.
v12 All Christians say that Demetrius is a good person. He really lives as God wants. And this shows that he is a good person. I also tell you that he is a good person. And whatever things I say about anyone are true. You know that.
v13 I would like to tell you many more things. But I do not want to write them in a letter. v14 Instead, I hope to come and visit you soon. Then we can talk together.
I *pray that God will give you *peace. All your Christian friends here say hello to you. Say hello for me to each of my friends there.
apostle ~ a man that God chose to lead other Christians and to teach about Jesus.
children ~ John was an old man. He wrote to his readers as if they were his children.
dear ~ what we call someone that we love.
dear children ~ John was an old man. He wrote to his readers as if they were his children.
Gospel ~ a book about the good news; the message that Jesus came to save us from the results of *sin.
lie ~ something that is false.
peace ~ when we have no troubles in our mind or *spirit.
please ~ make someone happy.
pray ~ talk with God.
Satan ~ Godís enemy. He is also called the devil.
sin ~ not to obey Godís rules.
spirit ~ the part of a person that will always be alive, even after their body is dead; someone that is always alive, even without a body. There are good spirits, like Godís Spirit and Godís servants. And there are bad spirits, like *Satan and his servants.
trust ~ believe that someone will do good things for you.
warn ~ tell someone about the danger of something; say that something (usually bad) will happen.
welcome ~ say Ďhelloí to; let a person come into your home with pleasure.
Andrew Persson ~ Translatorís helps on 1, 2 & 3 John
English and Greek Interlinear text, Paumari New Testament, A.V., T.E.V. & N.I.V.
© 1997-2005, Wycliffe Associates (UK)
This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level A (1200 words).
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