3 John 1-12
In the life of every church there will be times when the truth of God's Word will be challenged in some way. It is our responsibility to know and live the truth. In this little epistle, truth was an issue in a local congregation. There were those who lived in truth and those who did not.
Through this epistle we are encouraged to:
PRACTICE THE TRUTH - Vss. 1-4
John loved Gaius in truth. Vss. 1-2
Gaius practiced the truth and this brought joy to John's heart. Vss. 3-4
PROMOTE THE TRUTH - Vss. 5-8
Gaius encouraged believers and unbelievers alike through his show of hospitality.Vs. 5
He was of particular help to those who traveled to preach the Word of God. Vs. 6
We should do all that we can to promote those who are not relying on Gentiles for their support but are taking the Word of God to the Gentiles. We should support missions! Vss. 7-8
PERCEIVE THE TRUTH - Vss. 9-12
Christians must be able to perceive who is living and teaching truth and who is living and teaching falsehood. If falsehood can not be perceived a church can be destroyed. If truth can not be perceived the church will not grow! We must be able to distinguish between good men and false teachers.
Diotrophes - Vss. 9-11
Wanted to be a dictator. Vs. 9-10, Mark -35, Mark 10:42-45
Did not do what was good. Vs. 11
Demetrius - Vs. 12
Demetrius had a good testimony concerning his knowledge and practice of the truth.