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Summary: Gaius was a personal friend of John’s and receives a warm greeting in this letter, but then John contrasts two men in the church who are acting in opposition to one another and what Christ has called us to do.

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A Tale of Two Men

3 John

Introduction

- Tonight we will examine 3 John and see a very familiar theme

-- John’s writings later in his life all surround a reminder for the entire church

-- The reminder is regarding faithfulness to what we have been taught

- This letter is written to a man named Gaius, a personal friend of John

- Read 3 John 1-13

- Pray

∆ Point 1 – Greetings for a Friend

- John’s opening words (v1) in this letter indicate for us their relationship

-- This is a close personal friend, someone that John treasured knowing

-- But more than that – someone that he knows is living properly in Christ

- John remarks that he loves him in the truth, same truth we saw last week

-- RE: John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life …”

-- APP: There is a fellowship of believers which is incredibly important

-- Not only are we to love those in the faith, but literally do life together

- John has a relationship with Gaius that obviously includes great affection

-- Re-read verse 4

- Perhaps this man was a convert of John’s who now walks in Christ

-- Or even … this could be a Paul-Timothy relationship of discipleship

-- John’s joy is because he has heard Gaius is walking in the truth

-- APP: For you and I, there is no greater joy than seeing others live in Christ

- TRANS: Gaius is a man who has earned John’s respect and love

∆ Point 2 – Thanking a Friend

- RE: In John’s time, hospitality was key in getting around to minister

-- Without a Hilton or a Marriot in sight, hospitality was heavily required

- Gaius was one such individual who willingly opened his home to others

-- John praises him for his ability to take care of those traveling for the Gospel

-- His home was always an open door and John knows this (v5)

- Gaius willingly showed people Christian love by walking in the truth

-- Hebrews 13:2, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

-- 1 Peter 4:9, “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

- Turn to and read Matthew 25:34-46

- Because Gaius was willing to open his home to these, his reputation was known

-- He’s encourage to continue doing so (v6) and to send others on in love

-- IMP: The Gospel was spread by these people willing to do for others

- Challenge: If we had to open our homes would we do so as well?

-- It is for the sake of the Name (Jesus) that these people went out (v7)

-- And notice, they received no help from the “world” (aka pagans)

-- So v8 becomes a command for us (when it comes to living for God)

-- We ought to show hospitality … willingly walking in life together

- Jesus as well taught that welcoming a prophet is a good thing

-- Matthew 10:41, “Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward.”

-- APP: We ought to be in the business of welcoming those in the faith


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