3 John: Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority

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3 John 1:1-4

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

3 John 1:1-4 - ESV
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The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
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Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
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For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.
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I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

  1. Who was this letter from?
    3 John 1:1 - ESV
    The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
  2. To whom was it written?
    3 John 1:1 - ESV
    The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
  3. What was John's prayer?
    3 John 1:2 - ESV
    Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
  4. What had John heard that made him rejoice greatly?
    3 John 1:3 - ESV
    For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.
  5. How were they walking?
    3 John 1:3 - ESV
    For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.
  6. What gave John no greater joy?
    3 John 1:4 - ESV
    I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:5-8

Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, who have borne witness of your love before the church.

3 John 1:5-8 - ESV
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Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are,
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who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.
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For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
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Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

  1. Who were they faithfully helping?
    3 John 1:5 - ESV
    Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are,
  2. What had he heard about their love?
    3 John 1:6 - ESV
    who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.
  3. Why had these brothers gone out?
    3 John 1:7 - ESV
    For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
  4. What had they taken from the Gentiles?
    3 John 1:7 - ESV
    For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
  5. How are we to receive such men?
    3 John 1:8 - ESV
    Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
  6. If we receive them, what will we become?
    3 John 1:8 - ESV
    Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

3 John 1:9-10

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us.

3 John 1:9-10 - ESV
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I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
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So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

  1. Who had John written to?
    3 John 1:9 - ESV
    I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
  2. Who had wanted to have first place (preminence)?
    3 John 1:9 - ESV
    I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
  3. Who had Diotrephes not received?
    3 John 1:9 - ESV
    I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
  4. If John were to come, what would he call to mind?
    3 John 1:10 - ESV
    So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
  5. What had Diotrephes done?
    3 John 1:10 - ESV
    So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
  6. What kind of words had he spoken against John?
    3 John 1:10 - ESV
    So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
  7. What had he forbidden others to do?
    3 John 1:10 - ESV
    So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
  8. What did he do to those who received them?
    3 John 1:10 - ESV
    So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

3 John 1:11-12

Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also bear witness, and you know that our testimony is true.

3 John 1:11-12 - ESV
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Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
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Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.

  1. What are we not to imitate?
    • 3 John 1:11 - ESV
      Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
  2. What are we to imitate?
    • 3 John 1:11 - ESV
      Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
  3. Who is of God?
    • 3 John 1:11 - ESV
      Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
  4. Who has not seen God?
    • 3 John 1:11 - ESV
      Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
  5. Who did Demetrius from all?
    • 3 John 1:12 - ESV
      Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.
  6. What else did he have a good testimony fomr?
    • 3 John 1:12 - ESV
      Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.

3 John 1:13-14

I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink; but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.

3 John 1:13-14 - ESV
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I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink.
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I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.

  1. How did John not want to communicate many other things?
    3 John 1:13 - ESV
    I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink.
  2. Why did he hope to see them shortly?
    3 John 1:14 - ESV
    I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
  3. How did John close this letter?
    3 John 1:14 - ESV
    I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
  4. Who else sent greetings?
    3 John 1:14 - ESV
    I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
  5. Who else did John tell to greet?
    3 John 1:14 - ESV
    I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.