Outbless Weekly

3 John 1 - A Good Report

December 20, 2023 Michael Metcalf Season 64 Episode 1
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3 John 1 - A Good Report
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3 John 1 - A Good Report

1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

-          The elder is John the Apostle who is about 90 years old at this point.

-          To the beloved Gaius (Gaius means Happy or One who rejoices)

-          Whom I love in truth (John loved him because he served the Lord which is why he was happy and rejoicing.

2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 For I was overjoyed when brothers came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

-          Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health

o   Beloved? – YES

o   In all respects you may prosper? – YES

o   And be in good health? – YES

-          Just as your soul prospers

o   Your soul prospers when you believe in Jesus

o   John prayer is for blessing now and later

-          For I was overjoyed (overflowing) when brothers (in the faith) came and testified to your truth (shared what they saw and heard first hand), that is, how you are walking in truth

o   They were walking (moving forward in the correct direction) in truth (according to the truth of God’s word)

-          I have no greater joy than this

o   To hear of my children walking in the truth

o   Spiritual children born from seed planted

o   Do you have any spiritual children?

§  You will get great joy when you hear others confirm that they are walking in the truth (continuing on the path toward heaven!)

5 Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brothers and sisters, and especially when they are strangers; 6 and they have testified to your love before the church.

-          Beloved you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish.

o   Acting faithfully is consistently doing the right thing in the sight of God

o   For the brothers and sisters

o   And especially when they are strangers.

o   And they have testified to your love before the church

You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may prove to be fellow workers with the truth.

-          You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God (blessed, taught, full of provision); better than when they arrived

-          For they went out for the sake of the Name (the Name of Jesus)

o   Accepting nothing from the Gentiles (worldly people gave nothing)

-          Therefore (because we are not like them) we ought to support such people (financially)

o   So that we may prove to be fellow workers in the truth (put your money where you mouth is…)

9 I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. 

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