The Third Epistle of John

Pen Portraits - Gaius, Diotrephes, Demetrius

  • vv. 1-8. Gaius - His Character expounded
  • vv. 9-11. Diotrephes - His Conduct exposed
  • vv. 12-13. Demetrius - His Confidence enjoined

Gaius

  • v. 2. Prosperity - physical and spiritual (prospereth=literally “makes good way,” whence link with “walking” in vv. 3 and 4)
  • v. 3. Integrity - “walking in truth”
  • v.4. Consistency - “walking in truth”
  • v.5. Loyalty - R.V. “Thou doest a faithful work to brethren and (that) strangers”
  • v. 6. Charity and v. 8. “after a godly sort - lit.: worthily of God, that is, as God would do it.

What a Host God is! How He treats His guests!

Note the importance of “Hospitality” from the following:—

exemplified in

  • Abraham - Gen. 18. 2-8
  • Lot - Gen. 19. 1-3

encouraged by

  • The Saviour - Mt. 10. 40, 42
  • The Apostles - Rom. 12. 13; 1 Pet. 4. 9; 1 Tim. 3. 2; Tit. 1. 8; Heb. 13. 2

Diotrephes

  • v. 9. loved pre-eminence, lacked hospitality
  • v. 10. lying slander lording over God’s heritage (cf. 1 Pet. 5. 3)

Demetrius

  • v. 12. a good report - threefold witness (R.V.)
    • of all (public)
    • of the truth (practical and in principle) (Note: the truth here possibly = Holy Spirit)
    • of apostle (personal)
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