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.

A Tale of Two Men

3 John


- 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

- TRANS: This brings us to two men who John mentions specifically

∆ Point 3 – A Tale of two Men

- Diotrephes (dio-tre-phes) is a totally different story and not doing this well (v9)

-- It is likely that this man and Gaius were in the same church or town

--He obviously has an issue with pride, and desires to be first in everything

-- More than likely, he found himself above all that and would not serve

- Diotrephes may not have refused John, but he’s certainly refusing others

-- This action leads John to call him out, and promise to do so later as well (v10)

-- And even more than that, look what this man is doing to those in the church

1) Spreading malicious gossip about the church

2) Refusing to welcome others who are in the church

3) He even stopped those who were welcoming others

- APP: I really believe Diotrephes’ actions are alive today

-- Bottom line: he didn’t want outsiders to come to his church

-- He only wanted those he approved of, or liked, or knew he could lord over

- IMP: We must be the EXACT opposite of this … bring everyone to Christ

- We cannot get into the routine of deciding who and isn’t worthy for Jesus

-- Jesus died for all, but this spirit is more than alive today in all our churches

- Encouragement: If this attitude resides in your heart, ask God to remove it

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