All biblical quotes are from Revised English Version unless otherwise noted.

3 John 

1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

This book is written to an individual. Like the books of 1&2 Timothy still there is much we can learn from it because most of the things listed would apply to everyone unless talking about an existing condition. We will see that in verse 2. Gaius is mentioned 5 times between Acts and 3 John. In Acts 19 during the riot he was captured by the craftsmen. In Acts 20 he accompanied Paul into Asia. He was with Paul when Paul wrote Romans. In 1 Corinthians he was one of the people Paul had baptised. It is not clear if this is the same person.

As in 2 John the word elder is either someone who is old or it is also used a as an elder in the church sometimes called a deacon or a bishop. Both apply to John so it could be either one.

2 Beloved, I pray that all is going well with you and that you are in good health, just as it is well with your soul. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when brothers came and testified about you being in the truth, even as you are walking in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this: that I hear my children are walking in the truth.

The following is from the REV commentary on verse 2

Do you think God would want less for you? Of course not he wants this for all of his children.

It always brings joy to a leader to hear that someone he taught is walking in truth.

I remember on our return trip to Ohio from Texas my then WOW sister who is now my wife and I were able to witness and teach a guy from our fellowship who drove us to Ohio. We taught him the word for the better part of 2 days. I saw him over the years and was always blessed because he excelled with the word.

5 Beloved, you are doing a faithful thing whenever you do a work for the brothers, especially when they are strangers.

During the bible times hospitality was the command of God. You can see it in Genesis 18 with Abraham, and 19 with lot. You can see it in the Greek scriptures as well Romans 12:13, Galatians 6:10, Hebrews 13:12, and many more places mostly in the Hebrew scriptures.

When we were on our way to Texas there were people who let, us stay in their homes who we didn’t know. They opened their homes and one of the two even fed us breakfast before we left. They didn’t know us from a hole in the ground yet they opened their home to us. Did I mention there were 28 of us? There was a family that put us up in their home once we got to Lubbock Texas. They let us stay till everyone found housing. All these good people will be rewarded for their kindness to us when they stand before the bema and get their rewards.

6 They have testified of your love in front of the congregation. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.

Here in the REV the Greek word martyreō is translated testified both in verse 3 and again here in verse 6. In the King Jimmy it is not. At times there may be a good reason for this most versions translate both places the same way.

 7 They went out on behalf of “The Name,” receiving nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we have an obligation to support people like these in order to be fellow-workers for the truth.

In verse 7 we have the figure Metonymy. You substitute one noun for another noun and they are related. “The Name” is substituted for Jesus Christ.

9 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will remind them of his deeds that he does, falsely accusing us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brothers, and he stops those who intend to receive them, and casts them out of the church.

Even back in the first century there was division starting in the Church of the Body. About 70 AD- 100 AD or so we know very little about what was happening due to the Romans marching into Jerusalem and destroying the temple.

The word love in verse nine is not agape but philoprōteuō and this is the only place it is used in the word. It is a compound word meaning philos meaning friend and protos meaning to be in first place. KJV is “loveth to have the preeminence” it sounds like Pharisees.

Diotrephes was one of those that was raising contention. This has been going on for 2,000 years and won’t stop, because there are many well-meaning people who are being influenced, not controlled, by the devil who is very good at his job. Jesus Christ made an open show of him. Ever since then all he’s done is covered himself up and hid himself again.

11Beloved, do not imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. The one who does good is of God, the one who does evil has not seen God. 12Demetrius has been testified favorably about by everyone, and by the truth itself, and we also testify on his behalf, and you know that our testimony is true.

13 I have many things to write to you, but I do not want to write them to you with ink and pen, 14 instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.

Some manuscripts do not contain the last phrase of 14 and 15. John is simply saying we need to talk alone.

Everything is not for public consumption. This is what 13 and 14 are talking about. Why is that I have no idea what John wanted to talk about?  Because the word doesn’t say why and I don’t like to guess when it comes to the word. That is way above my pay grade.

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