3 John. Forum Discussion

3 John was written by the Apostle John, in Ephesus, in 90 AD, as were 1 John and 2 John. John once again refers to himself as, “The Elder” in verse 1. He offers praise for Gaius and Demetrius for walking in the Truth, and condemnation for Diotrephes for his evil ways.

John calls Gaius, “The beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.” He mentions that he has received good reports about Gaius for, “Acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers.” John also recognizes Demetrius who has received, “A good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself.” – 3 John 12 

Diotrephes was not accepting what John had tried to tell him in previous letters. John calls him out for, “Unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, neither does he himself receive the brethren, and he forbids those who desire to do so, and puts them out of the church.”

Towards the end of this letter, in verse 11, John offers the following sound advice:

“Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.” – 3 John 11. Amen

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It's interesting to me how John "Named names." I guess when taken in context, it is in fact a letter that we are reading, and naming names would make sense. I like how he reminds us to imitate those doing good, not bad.

I used to tell those that worked for me, "Look at people who are where you want to be in life, and imitate their behavior. Conversely, look at those who are where you don't want to be in life, and do not do the things they do.

This holds even more meaning when we are talking about things of a spiritual nature.

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