The Tale of Two Men

The Tale of Two Men

III John

May 5, 2018

So much is said about serving God in this brief chapter.  John compliments Gaius because he has demonstrated out of a pure heart how to serve the Lord.  His soul has "prospered" in that the love Gaius has shown is spoken about by many of his peers.  The prayer of John is that Gaius would also prosper materially and physically because he has been such a blessing to the ministry.  Not so much for the man named Diotrephes who went to church on pretense.  He wanted to be recognized as the "big shot".  Whatever he was doing he not only was doing it for the wrong reason, but was willing to get in the way of the ministry advancing.  He had formed his "click of preeminence" and did not want anyone butting in. 


John goes on to say that there are others that "doeth good" like Demetrius and declares them as great examples.  They serve God for the right reason and demonstrate it by their actions.  "Churchianity" is empty.   Having the truth is not enough.  Living the truth is the "evidence" of our faith.  The prospering soul is what it is all about.

 


3 John 1:1-14 (KJV) 

The apostle commned Gaius for his peity

1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
7 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth. 

He complains of the malicious words and deeds of ambitions Diotrephes


9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 

He gives special testimony to the good character of Demetrius


12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name. 


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Comments 1

Janette Tomlinson on Monday, 07 May 2018 04:57

We have so many great examples of "walking in the truth". So thankful.

We have so many great examples of "walking in the truth". So thankful.
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