Summary: Where is our hospitality? Are we a Diotrephes or a Demetrius?
• Letter gives important glimpse into early church
• John is telling how he felt after hearing about Gaius.
• Concerned for health and well-being
• In early church days, traveling preachers/teachers were helped by local churches/members
• This is what Gaius did, opened his home
• Isn’t it exciting to know that someone from our past is still preaching, singing, etc?
• Praise the Lord, God is still working in that persons/s life
• Sometimes during revivals, the visiting preacher would stay at a church members home, not a motel, the church cared for the ministers needs
• God’s true ministers do not preach/teach to make money, but out of love for God
• Do churches still do that? Are they ashamed of what the minister might see?
• Those who help are vital to the ministry
• We see here that Diotrephes was self-centered, cared more for his position, his titles, than God’s church and how the church could prosper. He wanted to control the church
• He refused to listen to other spiritual leaders, slandered other leaders, he was a bad example for refusing to welcome other Gospel teachers
• He had sin of pride, and jealousy
• Church leaders are to be sound stewards, be in unity
• Churches should not allow a Diotrephes to take control, one who refuses to allow Gospel teachers/preachers of sound doctrine
• Matthew 7 – you will know them by their fruits (paraphrased)
• Demetrius had a good report of all men, a good witness, lived what he said
• John saw and heard of this good witness in Demetrius
• His character was true because he followed the Truth
• 2 John emphasizes refusal of false teachers
• 3 John urges hospitality to those that speak the truth
• Again, we see that John wanted to speak face to face instead of writing
• He greeted them proclaiming Peace