The Apostle John acknowledged the spirit of generosity in his dear friend Gaius as a love that had become visible to others. As Alistair Begg explores the book of 3 John, he suggests four key ideas that are illustrated in the first half of the letter: prosperity, testimony, generosity, and synergy. The Gospel calls us to work together for the sake of God’s name, walking daily in the advancement of truth.
1The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers1 came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
5Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, 6who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
The notion that there is objective, verifiable, fixed, universal, and defined truth is obsolete today, and the very idea of anything “absolute” is under attack. This opposition to truth is not new, for in every generation when the truth of Jesus Christ is declared and proclaimed, the evil one works to undermine it and sow seeds of confusion. In the books of 2 & 3 John, the Apostle John warned the first century Church— and all believers — about these dangers. John’s concern, shared by every shepherd since, was to see his spiritual children not only acknowledge the truth of the Gospel, but to walk in obedience to that truth.
In this series, Alistair Begg challenges us to avoid a counterfeit Christianity as we prioritize and defend the truth of the Gospel. A genuine Christian walk will be marked by the integrity, humility, and generosity of a life lived in response to God’s love and grace.
Related resource: "The Truth of Scripture"
|Truth and Love||2 John 1:1-3|
|Response, Request, Reminder||2 John 1:4-6|
|The Danger of Deception||2 John 1:7-13|
|Confessional Christianity||2 John 1:7-13|
|Walk in the Truth, Part One||3 John 1:1-8|
|Walk in the Truth, Part Two||3 John 1:1-8|
|Condemnation of Diotrephes||3 John 1:9-10|
|Commendation of Demetrius||3 John 1:9-14|