The Message

3 John

1-4 The Pastor, to my good friend Gaius: How truly I love you! We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul! I was most happy when some friends arrived and brought the news that you persist in following the way of Truth. Nothing could make me happier than getting reports that my children continue diligently in the way of Truth!

Model the Good

5-8 Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible. They’ve made a full report back to the church here, a message about your love. It’s good work you’re doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself! They set out under the banner of the Name, and get no help from unbelievers. So they deserve any support we can give them. In providing meals and a bed, we become their companions in spreading the Truth.

9-10 Earlier I wrote something along this line to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves being in charge, denigrates my counsel. If I come, you can be sure I’ll hold him to account for spreading vicious rumors about us.

As if that weren’t bad enough, he not only refuses hospitality to traveling Christians but tries to stop others from welcoming them. Worse yet, instead of inviting them in he throws them out.

11 Friend, don’t go along with evil. Model the good. The person who does good does God’s work. The person who does evil falsifies God, doesn’t know the first thing about God.

12 Everyone has a good word for Demetrius—the Truth itself stands up for Demetrius! We concur, and you know we don’t hand out endorsements lightly.

13-14 I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use pen and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk.

Peace to you. The friends here say hello. Greet our friends there by name.

Nkwa Asem

Yohane III

Me, Ɔpanyin, mekyerɛw kɔma me dɔfo pa Gaio.

M’adamfo pa, mebɔ mpae sɛ biribiara nkɔ so yiye mma wo, na nya ahoɔden sɛnea minim sɛ honhom fa mu no, wowɔ ahoɔden no. Anuanom bi baa ha bɛka kyerɛɛ me se, woanya nokware no mu gyidi no, na woda so kita nokware no mu no, ɛyɛɛ me anigye yiye. Biribiara nyɛ me anigye nkyɛn sɛ metee sɛ me mma no te nokware mu.

M’adamfo pa, wudi nokware yiye wɔ adwuma a woyɛ ma anuanom no a ɛmfa ho sɛ wɔyɛ ahɔho mpo. Wɔaka ɔdɔ a wodɔ asafo a ɛwɔ ha no ho asɛm. Mesrɛ wo, boa wɔn wɔn akwantu no mu ma ɛnsɔ Onyankopɔn ani. Efisɛ, wɔn kwan a wɔretu no, wɔretu wɔ Kristo din mu a wɔmpɛ mmoa biara mfi wɔn a wɔnyɛ gyidifo no nkyɛn.

Yɛn Kristofo na ɛsɛ sɛ yɛboa saa nnipa no sɛnea yɛne wɔn bɛyɛ nokware no ho adwuma.


Mekyerɛw krataa tiaa bi kɔmaa asafo no, nanso Diotrefe a n’ani gye sɛ ɔyɛ wɔn panyin no rentie nea meka no. 10 Sɛ meba a, biribiara a wayɛ no, mede ho asɛm bɛto mo anim. Nsɛm a ɛyɛ hu a ɔka fa yɛn ho ne atoro a otwa nyinaa, mɛka ho asɛm. Nanso ɛno nko ara nye mma no. Sɛ anuanom no ba a, ɔrennye wɔn, na obiara a ɔpɛ sɛ ogye wɔn no nso, ɔbɛma no agyae na wabɔ mmɔden apam wɔn afi asafo no mu.

11 M’adamfo pa, munnsua ade bɔne, na mmom munsua ade pa. Obiara a ɔyɛ papa no yɛ Onyankopɔn de. Na obiara a ɔyɛ bɔne no nhuu Onyankopɔn.

12 Obiara ka Demetrio ho asɛm pa, na mpo nokware no ankasa ka ne ho asɛm pa. Na yɛn nso yedi ne ho adanse pa na munim sɛ nea yɛka no yɛ nokware.

Nkyia a etwa to

13 Mewɔ nsɛm bebree ka kyerɛ mo nanso meremfa krataa ne kyerɛwdua so nka. 14 Ɛrenkyɛ biara mehu mo na me ne mo akasa.

15 Asomdwoe nka mo. Mo nnamfonom nyinaa kyiakyia mo. Kyiakyia yɛn nnamfonom nyinaa.