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THIRD JOHN


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Christian Hospitality
Gaius, "You are faithful in what you are doing to the brothers, even though they are strangers to you." (III John 5) Diotrephes loves to be first...I call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church." (III John 9-10) 

Third John is a short book of only 14 verses. Within those 14 verses, John tells of two different types of Christians and how they responded to itinerant preachers who visited their churches. Gaius is commended for his godliness and generosity whereas Diotrephes is condemned for his selfishness and arrogance.

This book contrasts the hospitality of Gaius and the hostility of Diotrephes. John concludes his book by giving us all a good life application:  "We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth." (III John 8)
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Hospitable or Hostile?
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God. (III John 11)

You would think that short general epistle of Third John having only 14 verses would not be packed with too much information, but it contains meaningful information and advice that is guaranteed to help any Christian grow and develop spiritually.

For example, John contrasts the duty of hospitality exemplified by Gaius (vv. 1-8) and the danger of pride exemplified by Diotrephes (vv. 9-11). Gaius was faithful to the truth; walked in the truth and was hospitable to people. Diotrephes, on the other hand, did not acknowledge authority, spread false charges and was hostile.

Therefore, John commended Gaius and condemned Diotrephes. If John knew you, how would he describe you based on your actions? Are you hospitable or hostile?
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