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TODAY'S NEW bible STUDY lesson ... A SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK OF THIRD JOHN.

 

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The New 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 larger works.

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 verses.

Gaius, being 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.

The second 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.

John the 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.

Then Third 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 character.

Third John.

              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

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