In reading this epistle one must decide, by comparing other translations, if John, the ‘elder’, indeed did visit Gaius. According to the Greek text it would appear that he, in fact, did not.
1“The elder, to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in trueness. 2 Beloved, touching all things I pray thee to prosper and be in health, even as the inner self of yours flourishes. 3For I rejoiced exceeding siblings coming and testifying concerning thy commitment to the truth, even as thou walkest according to gospel truth. 4I have no greater joy than these, to hear that my children are walking in the true way.
5“Beloved, fittingly thou doest whatever thou mayest laboured for the siblings even for the unknown, these bore witness to the love of you in the presence of an assembly, 6befittingly thou wilt do you furnishing them for their journey worthily of the God 7because for the furtherance of the Name of Him, they set out on their trip taking nothing from the Gentiles
8“Therefore we ought to support the such, so that we may be fellow labourers for the truth. 9I wrote somewhat to the church, but Diotrephes, the one loving to be leader of them, he assents us not. 10For this reason, had I come, I would have brought to mind the things he does, ranting against us with evil words. And not content with these, neither does he himself receive the siblings moreover he forbids those who would, and casts them out of the church.
11 “Beloved, do not imitate the bad, but the good. He who does well is from the God, but he who does evil has not seen the God. 12As to Demetrius a good report has been borne by all, and by the truth itself; yea we also bear witness, and thou knowest that the witness of us is true.
13“I have much to write, but I desire not by ink and pen to thee had written. 14Instead I hope forthwith thee to see, and mouth to mouth we shall speak.”