3 John 1: Hospitality

What might have made John and Gaius such good friends?

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3 John 1:1 From John your leader to my dear friend Gaius. I love you so much.
King James
3 John 1:1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

Which is more important, physical or spiritual health? Why?

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3 John 1:2 My friend, more than anything else, I want you to prosper and be in good health, both physically and spiritually.
King James
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

What does it mean to be “living in the truth”?

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Galatians 6:10 Therefore, every time God opens the door, do good to everyone, especially among the family of believers.
3 John 1:3–4 I was thrilled to hear how well you are living in the truth. My greatest joy comes from hearing that God’s children are walking in the truth.
King James
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
3 John 1:3–4 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Why would strangers receive support?

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Hebrews 13:2 Remember to welcome strangers, because some have unknowingly shown hospitality to angels dropping by.
3 John 1:5–8 Beloved, you have faithfully provided for teachers even when you didn’t know them. Such an expression of love is a testimony before the church. You honor the Lord by attending to their needs for their journey. Ministries that bring glory to the name of Christ can’t get support from unbelievers, so the believers must receive and support those who come to teach the truth.
King James
Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 John 1:5–8 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 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: Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

What ministries do you think should receive most of your support?

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3 John 1:5–8 Beloved, you have faithfully provided for teachers even when you didn’t know them. Such an expression of love is a testimony before the church. You honor the Lord by attending to their needs for their journey. Ministries that bring glory to the name of Christ can’t get support from unbelievers, so the believers must receive and support those who come to teach the truth.
King James
3 John 1:5–8 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 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: Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

How did John regard the leadership traits of Diotrephes?

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3 John 1:9–11 I wrote the church about our desire to minister there, but Diotrephes loved his leadership position and refused to support us if we came. Therefore, if I come anyway, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading lies about our ministry. Not only does he refuse support, but he tells others to do the same. If they do, he expels them from the congregation. My dear friends, don’t follow his bad example, but do what is right. Those who do good are children of God, but evildoers don’t know him.
King James
3 John 1:9–11 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.

What do you think Demetrius was doing that Diotrephes was not doing?

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3 John 1:9–12 I wrote the church about our desire to minister there, but Diotrephes loved his leadership position and refused to support us if we came. Therefore, if I come anyway, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading lies about our ministry. Not only does he refuse support, but he tells others to do the same. If they do, he expels them from the congregation. My dear friends, don’t follow his bad example, but do what is right. Those who do good are children of God, but evildoers don’t know him. People speak highly of Demetrius, and for good reason. We say the same things about him, and you know we speak the truth.
King James
3 John 1:9–12 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. 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.

If John had much more to say, why didn’t he say it?

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3 John 1:13–14 I have much more to say, but not with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon so we can talk face-to-face. Peace be with you. My friends send their greetings. Give my personal greeting to your friends there.
King James
3 John 1:13–14 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: 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.