3 John 1: Those who Love Truth + Summary of 3 John
John writes to Gaius and the members of the Church explaining that he has; “…no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (3 John 1:4) This is the same way the Jesus Christ and God the Father feel when they see us walking in the truth and light.
John explains that he would write to Diotrephes, who loved to have dominion over the church and the members. This man, would change words and deceive many… this is the start of important doctrinal changes that would eventually lead to the formation of 100’s if not thousands of churches and religions worldwide today. John explains that he; “…had many things to write…” (3 John 1:13) but would not, and would rather speak in person to the members of the church. This goes to show that the Bible does not contain all the words of the prophets, or apostles. It is a general account, but not a complete and accurate account. The Bible is in fact the word of God, but is not 100% perfect, due to the fact that good and evil men changed the words slowly. This chapter of the Bible proves that this happened from the start.
1 John 1: We Follow God by Obedience to His Law
John writes a general letter to all the believers of Christ and explains that we must be obedient to God and His commandments. For; “…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) Therefore our purpose to become like Him means that we need to also be filled with the light and rid ourselves of the darkness. John explains that “If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we life, and do not the truth.” (1 john 1:6) Because of this we must not be hypocrites and instead practice what we preach. If we follow Jesus Christ and say we follow Him, WE MUST FOLLOW HIM! For “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9)
Essentially, we need to confess our sins and admit that we have and/or are currently sinning. We are not perfect, and therefore will make mistakes that are contrary to the commandments of God. If we work hard to rid ourselves of our sins by confessing them and promising to no longer participate in those sins, God is merciful and just to forgive us. Just like Salvation is a FREE gift we must still accept the gift. Unfortunately many believe that these gifts come FREE without any stipulations, but the truth is not so… we have to do our part in order to receive these wonderful gifts from God.