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