Testament Epistle of Third John is the fourth section of
Scripture to be written by that beloved Apostle, by the Disciple
John. In fact, he wrote a total of five Books, the Gospel of
John being the best known. The Book of Revelation being the last
one. The three little Epistles are placed in between the two
Third John is
only 14 verses long. Quickly read, of course. And it's one of
the most easily studied of all the Bible's Epistles.
As to the
identity of the addressee, "Gaius," we simply do not know. He's
one of John's many friends, obviously. John's writes to this
man, this Believer in Jesus: "The elder
unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I
wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth. For I rejoiced greatly, when the
brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even
as thou walkest in the truth." Third John's first three
introduced this early in Third John, is actually one of three
men highlighted in the Epistle. And their names form as good an
outline of Third John as can be found.
man is named Diotrephes. He's the consummate "Church boss!" A
dictator within the Church! "I wrote unto
the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence
among them, receiveth us not. 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. 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."
Third John verses 9-11, a sad paragraph.
pristine Disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, the most faithful
Disciple ... being refused and mishandled by an ego-centered man
in a local Church! Folks, Jesus is the Head of the
Church, of His Church! Not some man. Yet the "Diotrephes
Pattern" continues today in many places.
John introduces us to Demetrius.
"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." Third John verse 12.
Two men with
"good reports" encircling one man with a "bad report!" That is,
Gaius and Diotrephes and Demetrius.
A study in
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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