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Thompson's OUTLINES of The Third Epistle of John



4286-The Third Epistle of John

WRITER, The apostle John.

ADDRESSED, to Gaius, v.1.

KEY NOTE. Christian Hospitality.


SYNOPSIS.  The sunject matter centers arouns three characters, Gaius, Diotrephes and Demetrius, and some itinerant evangelists.
I. Gaius, to whom the epistle was written.
(1) The idfentity of the man.
   The cannot be positively dtermined.
There are several persons by this name mentioned in the New Testament.  The one spoken of by Paul, Ro.16:23, may very likely be the same man to whom John writes but it is entirely uncertain.
(2)  Characteristics of,
(a) Worthy of affection of John, vs.1,2.
(b) A consistent Christian, walking in the truth, vs.3,4.
(c) Given to hospitality, vs. 5,6.

II.  Diotrephes, apparently a leading man in the church.
(a) Ambitious and bigoted, v.9.
(b) Assuming to be an over-lord of the vineyard, will receive a merited rebule from the apostle when he comes, v.10.

III.  Demetrius, In contrast to Diotrephes, a model churchman of excellent reputation, v.12.

IV. Christion evangelists.
(a) Itinerant spiritual labourers, rendering gratuitious services for Christ's sake, v.7.
(b) Worthy of hearty welcome and hospitality although bitterly opposed by the arrogant Diotrephes, vs. 8-11.

V.  The closing salutation, vs.13,14.

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3rd JOHN

3 John

 1.  The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
 2.  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
 3.  For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
 4.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
 5.  Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
 6.  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:
 7.  Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
 8.  We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
 9.  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
 10.  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.
 11.  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.
 12.  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.
 13.  I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
 14.  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.

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