3 John

This third letter of John is addressed to a particular individual, Gaius. John prays for his friend; he prayes that Gaius will have good health, that all will go well with him, and that all will be well with his soul. John reports that he is experiencing great joy as he hears reports of Gaius’ faithful walk in truth and his hospitality to others who are in the truth.

John then reports that Diotrephes, a church leader, was exercising dictatorial power in the church. He wouldn’t receive John’s letters, choosing not to have anything to do with him. He was gossiping maliciously, and even excommunicating members who showed hospitality to John’s messengers. Diotrephes must have had considerable influence to be able to choose to exclude people from fellowship.

John’s advise is, “Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.” This statement makes me wonder… does evil activity cause us to be unable to see God, or does seeing God make us unable to continue in evil practices? Or both?

Demetruis is a good guy. (That probably meant more to Gaius than what appears to me. Like my friend Cheryl says – when we study the epistles it’s ‘reading other people’s email’.)

John would like to see Gaius soon. Peace, and greetings….


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