An Upside Down World…

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*Billy Graham’s Daily Devotion*

John’s 3rd Letter: 1
The Third Letter from John
These three brief letters were written by the same author as the gospel of John, but at a later time. The recipients are local communities. 1 John does not state the addressee(s) explicitly; 2 John is written to a “lady,” which is really a community (reporting greetings from “your sister,” another community); while 3 John is sent to one “Gaius.” However, all three address growing problems within the body of Messiah which were beginning to gain ground in the Ephesus area (modern Western Turkey), the likely location from and to which these letters were written.The three letters encourage believers in their faith, urging them to guard against false teachers, who denied that the human Yeshua was also divine, that God had really become man, and that their immoral behavior constituted sin. It is hard to pin down one particular group teaching these things, but it could have been an early form of Gnosticism (which believed that matter was evil and that salvation came through secret knowledge), or a heresy called Docetism (which taught that God appeared to take on human flesh but did not truly become man), or another heresy taught by Cerinthus. 1 John warns against this teaching; 2 John advises a community not to welcome teachers peddling false doctrine; while 3 John speaks about a divisive man named Diotrephes, “who loves to be first.” John’s letters show how God’s Word must always be the test of both teaching and behavior. John especially emphasizes love, faith and obedience, which work out in the lifestyle of believers, in their understanding of Yeshua. 1 John in particular remains a beloved classic of the spiritual life, articulating themes of fellowship with God and assurance of forgiveness of sins.
The Joys of Walking Out the Truth
1 The elder. To Gaius the loved one, whom I love in truth: 2 Loved ones, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. 3 For I was overjoyed when some brethren came and testified of the truth in you—how you are walking in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this—to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
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5 Loved ones, you are acting faithfully in whatever you do for the brethren and especially for strangers. 6 They have testified to your love before Messiah’s community. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7 For on behalf of the Name they went out, accepting nothing from the pagans. 8 Therefore we ought to support such people, so we might become co-workers in the truth.
The Lust for Power Condemned
9 I wrote something to Messiah’s community, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, doesn’t welcome us. 10 So if I do come, I will call attention to what he is doing—slandering us with wicked words. Not even content with that, he refuses to welcome the brethren, and even forbids those who want to do so—throwing them out of the community!
Do Good Like God Does
11 Loved ones, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.
Virtue Is Honorable
12 Demetrius has a good testimony from everyone, even from the truth itself. We also vouch for him—and you know that our testimony is true.
Fellowship Is Desirable
13 I have much to write you, but I don’t want to write to you with ink and pen. 14 But I hope to see you soon, and we will speak face to face. 15 Shalom aleichem. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.

{Tree Of Life Bible~3 John 1:1-15}

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