In contrast to those whose lifestyle undermines their profession of faith, the Apostle John wrote of a man named Demetrius, who lived out the Gospel of Christ. Within the framework of the good news of the Gospel, Alistair Begg reminds us that good deeds are an expression of the Gospel at work. Friendship with Christ brings the blessing of peace as He leads us to walk in truth.
9I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10So 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.
11Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. 12Demetrius 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.
13I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. 14I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
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