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Notes on 3 John 1:14-15

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Final Greetings - 3 John 1:14

see you soon. See note on 1 Jn. 12. John adds his concern for peace here (v. 15). friends. This word is only used here in the NT to talk about believers. At the same time, Jesus called his disciples his friends (see notes on Jn. 15:13-15). Jesus’ friends are those who obey his commandments. It is possible the early Christians called themselves the friends, but that is not clear. If friends here have to do with a group of Christians, it probably has to do with the Christians who are at the place where John is. These Christians could have borrowed the title friends from the Epicureans, who had philosophical communities that were made up of “friends.

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