7/9/12 V. 1, John is the elder. It’s obvious from his letters that his relationship to those he writes to is deep. In this case he is writing to a particular friend of his whom we know nothing about.
V. 2, He greets Gaius with a traditional greeting of good health and prosperity and adds to it a wish for the prosperity of his psuche, his soul or spiritual life as well.
V. 3, Some people had been to see John who had given him a favorable report about Gaius. He had been faithful in walking in the truth as it is in Jesus.
V. 4, John is overjoyed to hear such things about those so dear to him.
V. 5, When strangers from other churches would come to where Gaius lived he would go out of his way welcome them and show them hospitality.
V. 6, Those who received his hospitality carried with them the reports of his loving service and John commends Gaius for doing this work.
V. 7, The particular people Gaius had cared for were, evidently, evangelists, who were traveling to share the gospel. They were missionaries living by the grace of God through the generosity of other believers, since they could expect no help from the pagans.
V. 8, It is especially important, then, to are for such missionaries working to spread the message of truth.
V. 9, It seems that John had written another letter to the church previously but the church leader by the name of Diotrephes apparently wouldn’t cooperate. Maybe he didn’t read the letter or allow it to be read or something. John puts his finger on the problem. Diotrephes had an ego problem that was threatened by John and others.
V. 10, So John intended to deal with the situation when he arrived. He would call attention who what was apparently not being seen by the other church members. The fact was, though, that Diotrephes was gossiping about John and those associated with him. Neither would he help any of the missionaries who would pass through and refused to allow other church member to help them either. Gaius must have gone against Diotrephes in order to do what he had done, which may have been why John was specially writing to commend him. He risked being put out of the church by Diotrephes in doing what he had done.
V. 11, John confirms Gaius in his path, that he should continue to do the right thing by avoiding evil and holding to good because good comes from God. Those who do good had God living in them, while those who do evil haven’t seen God. They don’t know who God is.
V. 12, We don’t know who Demetrius is either. Perhaps he was the one who carried John’s letter. John wanted to Gaius to know that he could trust Demetrius. His reputation was good with everyone and was consistent with the truth. The truth requires certain character traits, which Demetrius exhibited. And John’s personal recommendation came with him as well. If Gaius trusted John then he could trust Demetrius.
V. 13, This is a short letter again just to hold Gaius over until John could come in person.
V. 14, As far as I know we have no idea who John wrote to or whether he got to see them, but that was his plan anyway.
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