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|Salvation in 3 John
Do Not Allow
Others to Dictate
How You Will Act
Charity – Love – Alms, are all terms which are used to describe the attitude and actions that the Christian is to
exhibit in their life. We are to be a people , “zealous of good works.” Jesus emphasized that from the Sermon on the
Mount throughout His ministry. Paul repeatedly enjoined the responsibility to be ready to good works.
Matthew 5:43-48 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
(44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for
them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in
heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
(46) For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? (47) And if ye
salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (48) Be ye therefore perfect,
even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of
the household of faith.
In contrast with the declaration of Jesus and the apostle Paul, Diotrophes represents what the Christian should not
be. He is selfish, rebellious, always speaking evil of others, and will not accept his brethren in Christ.
Put himself first – The difficulty in putting oneself first is that is the place that God should
occupy in our hearts. Displacing Him is, in effect, committing idolatry.
Does not respect authority – Diotrophes did not respect the authority of Paul as an apostle. To
disrespect his authority as an apostle was to disrespect the Lord.
1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the
things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
Berating – Diotrophes was always willing to talk about what is wrong with others. He walked
around with a chip on his shoulder, and read the riot act to every one every chance he got.
gerund or present participle: berating
scold or criticize (someone) angrily.
"his mother came out and berated me for raising my voice"
synonyms: scold, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, chide, criticize, upbraid, take to task,
read someone the riot act, haul over the coals;
informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone what for, dress down, give someone a dressing-down,
give someone a tongue-lashing, rap over the knuckles, bawl out, come down on, tear into, blast;
ream (out), chew out, zing, take to the woodshed;
Does not receive brethren – Like the Pharisees of old, Diotrophes would not allow others to be
disciples, nor accept those who were already disciples, and wanted to kick brethren out of the church for
no reason other than his own opinions.
Follow that which is good –
Each and every person has a choice to make. They have the ability to choose between good and evil. The Christian is
to choose the good, and to refuse the evil.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to
destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be
restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. (14)
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. (15) Nor do people light a lamp and put it
under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. (16) In the same way, let your light shine
before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 12:35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of
his evil treasure brings forth evil.
1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
2Corinthians_5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may
receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God
prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
1 Timothy 6:18-19 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
(19) thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of
that which is truly life.
|3 John 1:5-12
Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren,
and to strangers; (6) Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church:
whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
(7) Because that for his name's sake they went forth,
taking nothing of the Gentiles.
(8) We therefore ought to receive such,
that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
(9) I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes,
who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
(10) Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth,
prating against us with malicious words:
and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren,
and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
(11) Beloved, follow not that which is evil,
but that which is good.
He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
(12) Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself:
yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
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