2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes [] so that it will be even more fruitful. The friends greet you. While the verse number 3 John 1:15 doesn’t exist in versions like KJV and NIV, the content of the verse itself exists and isn’t missing – it was simply combined with 3 John 1:14. The meaning of the author’s exhortation “Do not imitate what is bad, but what is good” in v. 11. The letter ends with a concluding formula (v. 15), which includes greetings on behalf of others.822. This verse succinctly states why it is so important not to hold the spirit of murder within us. The gospel of John begins with a series of declarations about Jesus’ deity and eternal nature. v] Exposition: A simple exposition of this passage may be found in the linked pew-level Sermon Notes. Following the turning of water into wine, the narrator says, "This beginning of Relating to Jesus when Jesus departs. This is based on Greek manuscripts that have been found in recent times. 2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. John’s description of Diotrephes as one who loves to be first among them suggests an arrogant person, and he has demonstrated this in refusing to acknowledge the author’s prior written communication. The author closes with greetings similar to 2 John 13. It is entirely possible that they themselves carry with them the present letter as a ‘letter of introduction’; along these lines it has been suggested that Demetrius is one of these traveling missionaries, perhaps the leader of the delegation, and the author is formally ‘introducing’ him to Gaius, since when he was there the last time he was a “stranger” (v. 5).839. The gospel of John begins with a series of declarations about Jesus’ deity and eternal nature. Read the Scripture: 1 John 3:15-18 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. That, on top of the miracles that they performed and the substance of their preaching, must have made a difference. “Christ died for our sins. Nor can it be determined with certainty whether Gaius belonged to the same local church as Diotrephes (v. 9), or was himself the leader of yet another local congregation, perhaps in the vicinity of Diotrephes’ church. C. Hatred: An Attack on Relationship. Instead, he used theos, the very word John will use consistently for the Father, the “only true God” (John 17:3). The diminutive form teknivon (teknion) is found in John 13:33 and frequently in 1 John (2:1, 12, 28; 3:7, 18; 4:4; 5:21). His … Anger or resentment may flash into our minds, and we have not yet sinned. John 20:28), and in light of the use of the “I am” phrase in the Gospel of John, there would be no inconsistency in using this designation for Jesus also. They emphasize that God is light and love and every true believer will demonstrate God's light and love. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, (kathairei) that it may bear more fruit. 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Author: The Book of 3 John does not directly name its author. What does 1 John 3:15 mean? On the way they passed through the vineyards that surrounded the city. But according to v. 5 (below) it is Gaius’ faithful work on behalf of the brothers – the traveling missionaries who needed support – which is commended by the author. Already are ye clean because of the word which I have spoken unto you. 5 and 11 (*Agaphtev, Agaphte). Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer ." Or, that they never were a Christian. Since the suggestion in v. 3 is that the “brothers” have come and testified in the author’s church to what Gaius has done for them, it seems most likely that the “church” mentioned here is also the author’s church, where he is currently located.837 Other possibilities cannot be ruled out, but seem unnecessarily complicated. The meaning of the phrase uJpeVr…tou' ojnovmato (Juper tou onomatos, “on behalf of ‘The Name’”) in v. 7. The church mentioned here, which the author says he may visit (v. 10) is not the same as the one mentioned in v. 6, to which the author apparently belongs (or of which he is in charge). 1. The referent of diaV touvto (dia touto, “therefore”) in v. 10. Both terms refer to the Gentiles (that is, pagans). As in 2 John 12, the author states he has many things to write to Gaius, but prefers not to communicate them in writing. "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. Diotrephes appears to be an influential person (perhaps the leader) in a local church known to Gaius, but to which Gaius himself does not belong. The meaning of oujk ejpidevcetai hJma' (ouk epidecetai Jhmas, “does not acknowledge us”) in v. 9. (1-21) The baptism of John of Christ John's testimony. 3 John 1:15 - Peace be to you. ‘The Name’ refers to Jesus’ name. The Vine and the Branches. The friends here greet you. Concerning Diotrephes the author of 3 John gives a warning: because Diotrephes did not recognize the author’s authority, the author will expose Diotrephes’ behavior for what it is if the author comes for a visit. 13 I have many things to write to you, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink. As we’ve seen, John’s greatest joy was to hear of his spiritual children walking in the truth. In fact, if the circumstances were right and the penalty could be avoided, you would murder him if you could! 1. There is no clear explanation for why the diminutive form is not used in 2 and 3 John.833. This is parallel to 2 John 12, suggesting that both letters may have been written at approximately the same time and in similar situations. John Piper - John's argument for his last assertion in 1 Jn 3:14-note ("He who does not love abides in death") comes in 1Jn 3:15. " But what is the relationship of this church in v. 9 to Gaius, to whom the letter is addressed? This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. More explicitly, 1 John 4:6 identifies the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of truth”, a characterization repeated in 1 John 5:6. Which “church” does the author refer to here? Paul always used ‘grace’ as a final blessing, but he often had huge chunks of names which he pointed out to greet or to help send greetings for. By implication, at least, the author calls into question the genuineness of Diotrephes’ faith (the one who does what is bad has not seen God). John is sailing sky-high: are we? When the author tells Gaius in v. 5, “you demonstrate faithfulness by whatever you do” he is commending him for his faithful service to the traveling missionaries (“the brothers”). The apostle of love in this verse presents the sin of hatred in a very vivid and very awful light. 10 So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. As in all of John’s writings, truth is a central concept in 3 John. Change ). Jesus does not say that they are clean ‘through,’ but ‘because of the word which He had spoken unto them. This refers to the preceding statements by the author, giving the reason why he will expose Diotrephes’ evil deeds if he comes to Diotrephes’ church. Sin is that which God hates. Exegetical Commentary on 3 John 1-15. Many would see it as a reference to Gaius’ orthodox christological stand in light of the controversy with the secessionist opponents and their false christology. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. But his actions here suggest otherwise: he is able to refuse or ignore the author’s previous written instructions (v. 9), and he is able to have other people put out of the church for showing hospitality to the traveling missionaries (v. 10). Greet the friends, each by name. 1:14; Acts 19:29, 20:4). Chapters 15 through 17 occurred as the Lord and His disciples were walking on their way to the Garden of Gethsemane. The Lord Jesus told us that if we keep His commandments we would abide in His love – we would remain in His love – we would rest in His love. Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus, v1-15: i] The evening visit, v1. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Support and Opposition. Thus the author is writing to Gaius to attest to Demetrius’ good character. We know that we have migrated out of the domain of death into the domain of life, because we love the brethren. A number of interpreters see the possibility of confusion with missionaries representing pagan deities.843. Greet the friends, each by name. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Verse 15 reinforces several ideas already mentioned. He uses the term three times of Jesus in the Gospel, here, in John 1:18, and in John 20:28. ( Log Out /  ]. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that isin you, just as you walk in the truth. 3 John is preserved in many of the old manuscripts of the New Testament. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. The third-class condition (ejavn e[lqw [ean elqw, “if I come”]) probably indicates real uncertainty on the author’s part as to whether he will visit Diotrephes’ church or not.850 But if he does, he will make the following charges against Diotrephes before the church: (1) Diotrephes is engaged in spreading “unjustified charges” against the author with “evil words”; (2) Diotrephes refuses to welcome the brothers (the traveling missionaries) himself; (3) Diotrephes hinders the others in the church who wish to help the missionaries; and (4) Diotrephes expels from the church people who aid the missionaries. A fourth-century tradition recorded in the Apostolic Constitutions 7.46.9 (ca. ( Log Out /  Because Diotrephes did not recognize the authority of the author, the author will expose his behavior for what it is if he comes for a visit. I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. Again, as in 2 John, the author refers to himself as the elder. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. Before you frown and refer to your Bible in a hurry, let me first clarify that in my Bible, there is no 3 John 1:15. “Wonder not, brethren, if the world hateth you. Somewhat more difficult is the identification of ‘the Name’ on behalf of which these missionaries undertook their journey. There’s pretty much a verse like this in at the end of most of the New Testament letters. The noun truth in the Johannine letters may refer to orthodox christological belief (1 John 2;21-23; 4:2, 6; 5:10, 20; 2 John 7) or to ethical behavior (1 John 1;6, 2:4, 3:18-19, 4:20). Since the verb ejpidevcomai (epidecomai) can mean “show hospitality to”848 it has been suggested that the author himself attempted a previous visit to Diotrephes’ church but was turned away. Little reliable information is available concerning the identity of the person to whom 3 John is addressed. They had a very strong personal relationship with the believers, even if they were not always around. There is a word play in verses 2-3 that is apparent only in the Greek. Parallel to this expression is 1 Cor 6:6, where Paul in his accusation against some of the Corinthian believers states, “but you wrong and defraud, and this [you do to] brothers!” This is explained in Blass-Debrunner’s standard reference grammar, which points out that kaiV tou'to (kai touto) means “and at that” or “and especially.”835 Here we could translate v. 5, “…you demonstrate faithfulness by whatever you do for the brothers – and strangers at that!” Thus the faithfulness demonstrated by Gaius in assisting the traveling missionaries who have come his way is all the more remarkable because they were strangers to him; he did not know them personally. The referent of the “church” (ejkklhsiva, ekklhsias) mentioned in v. 6. 1 John 3:15.He, I have just said, who loveth not his brother, abideth in death; is void of the life of God: for whosoever hateth his brother — And there is no medium between loving and hating him; is — In God’s account; a murderer — Every degree of hatred being a degree of the same temper which moved Cain to murder his brother. The first person plural here is inclusive – the author refers to himself, Gaius, and all genuine Christians, all of whom should become coworkers in cooperation with the truth by supporting the efforts of the traveling missionaries (such people) in their efforts to resist and counteract the teaching of the secessionist opponents. Since tevkna (tekna, “children”) is plural, this is best understood as a general statement on the part of the author. But by pointing them out, by greeting them personally, it was in essence, akin to them having a share in the thoughts that John had for Gaius. I AM THE TRUE VINE. (15) John bare witness of him, and cried. (4-5) The nature of sin and Jesus’ work in removing our sin. John 15:1-3. 4:1). Peace be to you. The first and third are both possible, and in fact may not be mutually exclusive. It is clear, however, that the author of 3 John regarded Gaius as orthodox (v. 3) and a valuable ally in the controversy with the secessionist opponents and their false christology. It is clear, however, that the author regarded Gaius as orthodox (v. 3) and a valuable ally in the controversy with the secessionist opponents and their false christology.826, The significance of the prepositional phrase ejn ajlhqeiva/ (en alhqeia, “in truth”) in v. 1. It is the only one of the three Johannine letters to be addressed to a named individual. John tells us that when we are born again – born into the family of God – there is a real change in our relation to sin. 1 John 3:1, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. Nor is it certain whether Gaius belonged to the same local church as Diotrephes (v. 9) or was himself the leader of another local congregation. They emphasize that God is light and love and every true believer will demonstrate God's light and love. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 3:1-17 EXEGESIS: JOHN 2, 7, AND 19. Therefore in this context the emphasis is on Gaius’ behavior rather than on his christological doctrine. “Truth” is the author’s way of alluding to theological orthodoxy in the face of the challenge by the opponents.828. Verse Thoughts Jesus Christ had just made an important announcement to His disciples: I am the Vine, He declared, and My Father is the Vinedresser. The author exhorts Gaius (whom he wishes to continue assisting the missionaries) not to follow the negative example of Diotrephes, but to do what is right. What God does, he does by the word of his grace and the influences which accompany that word; forever bear in mind that God does nothing but by his word. 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 (and possibly 12) as ‘traveling missionaries.’ Another reason is given in the following section. It can not be doubted that John would never call a creature theos. Again, like the verb propevmpw (propempw) in the preceding verse, this suggests missionary activity. But if we hold it and allow it to burn, it could very well destroy us! He prays that Gaius’ physical health would match his spiritual health. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? John the Baptist—not the same John as the author of this gospel—was sent to tell people about Jesus. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto. This is the gist of the controversy that surrounds this simple verse of final greetings. (c) The interpretation favored by most commentators is that this is a reference to Jesus’ name.842 Paul uses a similar phrase in Rom 1:5, and in 1 John 2:12 the author wrote, “your sins are forgiven on account of his [Christ’s] name.” The Gospel of John also makes reference to believing “in the name of Jesus” (1:12, 3:18). Gaius’ church and Diotrephes’ church may have been in the same city, or in neighboring towns, so that the author anticipates visiting both on the same journey. NOTES. Again, as in 2 John, the author refers to himself as the elder. 3 John, like 2 John, is written in the standard epistolary format. Though John did not list the names out one by one, and perhaps if he had done so we would have known a little bit more about Gaius, but essentially that was what he was asking Gaius to do on his behalf – a personal greeting for each of the friends who are with you, and whom walk in this faith together with us. The meaning of the author’s statement pistoVn poieiv (piston poieis, literally “practice faithfulness”) in v. 5. Sure, the apostles had the apostolic authority at that time, and with the baptism of the Holy Spirit they were filled with apostolic power as well. 1-2), which mentions the sender and the addressee. Peace be to you. He has a very good reputation. 1:29; 1 Pet. In other words, “the Name” in 3 John 7 would ultimately refer to God’s name, yhwh, but since Jesus was himself God (Cf. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 1. Implicitly there may be a contrast between the bad behavior of Diotrephes and the good reputation of someone else, though it is not clear whether the one representing the good would be Gaius, to whom this letter is written, or Demetrius (mentioned in the following verse). 3 John is preserved in many of the old manuscripts of the New Testament. —Better, John beareth witness of him, and crieth. “The word rendered ‘anew’ might equally be translated by ‘from above’. It’s not an irrelevant verse, but apparently scholars believe that this verse is highly likely to have been added in at a later time, and is not originally in the Bible. And not being content with that, he not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but hinders the people who want to do so and throws them out of the church! I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. The church to which the author says he wrote something in v. 9. Christ's discourse with Nicodemus. What Does John 15:10 Mean? Both senses are true, and in the Johannine manner it is likely that we should understand both here.” (Morris) ii. This appears from the following facts: 1. I’d talk about conspiracy theories if my Genesis 1:1 [Article] is missing. John 15:3. i. This individual is well-known to the author of 3 John, but it is not so certain whether they had met in person before or not, since the report of Gaius’ conduct toward the brothers is heard second-hand by the author. 12 Demetrius has been testified to by all, even by the truth itself. 1 John 3:15. See John 3:16, John 3:36; John 5:24; John 6:40, John 6:47, John 6:54; 1 John 3:15; 1 John 5:12. (Diotrephes himself did not necessarily have supreme authority in the local church to expel these people, but may have been responsible for instigating collective action against them.). 1 The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. The traveling missionaries sent out to combat the false teaching of the secessionist opponents have been accepting nothing from the pagans, that is, non-Christians. The “health wish” is a standard feature of the first-century epistolary format, but has been extended by the author here to include not only a wish for physical health, but for spiritual health as well. What does John 1:15 mean? This is not a matter of the time frame. 1-2), which mentions the sender and the addressee. (1-8) Cautions him against siding with Diotrephes, who was a turbulent spirit; but recommends Demetrius as a man of excellent character. The meaning of the summary judgment in v. 11, “the one who does good is of God.” This statement is asyndetic; its abrupt introduction without a conjunction adds emphasis. It is sometimes suggested that Gaius belongs to this church, but that seems unlikely, because the author uses a third-person pronoun to refer to the other members of the church (aujtw'n [autwn, “among them”]). 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). The author now asks for additional assistance from Gaius as the missionaries prepare to go out a second time. Diotrephes appears to be an influential person (perhaps the leader) in a local church known to Gaius, but to which Gaius himself does not belong.846 The description oJ filoprwteuvwn (Jo filoprwteuwn, “[the one] who loves to be first”) suggests he is arrogant,847 and his behavior displays this: he refuses to acknowledge the written communication mentioned by the author at the beginning of v. 9 (and thus did not recognize the author’s apostolic authority). Commentary for 3 John 1 . You just cannot stand him. The verb ejxevrcomai (exercomai, “I go forth”) is used of Paul’s travels in Acts 14:20, and of his setting out on his second missionary journey in Acts 15:40. 3 It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 1. This love is the special fruit of our faith, and a certain sign of our being born again. John 15:3. 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. 14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. The Word Became Flesh. The identification of the ejqnikw'n (eqnikwn, “pagans”) in v. 7. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] John's words in this verse have led to much controversy. Missing verses in more modern versions of the Bible are not an uncommon thing – there are more than 10 in the NIV alone, but most of them happen in the middle of other verses, and they usually disappear entirely. It is the strongest food in the Bible.” (Trench) A. John couldn’t write a letter to each and everyone of them, just like Paul couldn’t write a personal letter to every single one of them. 3 John begins with a praescriptio, or introductory formula (vss. Interpreting the wish or prayer of 3 John 2 as a promise of “health and wealth” is not in line with what we know about salutations in epistles or, for that matter, with the general tenor of New Testament teaching that a mark of true spirituality is suffering (e.g., Rom. What does this verse really mean? Does not sin… he cannot sin: Does not sin and cannot sin each has the same verb tense as does not sin in 1 John 3:6, meaning a continual practice of habitual sin. Since Diotrephes made unjustified charges against the author, the author will bring charges of his own against Diotrephes. 1:29; 1 Pet. Anyway, there is a distinct difference between the type of missing verses like Acts 8:37 – which most of the missing verses are like; and 3 John 1:15. The greeting, a standard part of the introductory formula, is omitted, but unlike 2 John, the letter includes a health wish (v. 2). Three possibilities have been suggested: (a) the name of God, suggested by the unqualified noun with the definite article.841 This would make good logical sense in 3 John, because in the previous verse the author has instructed Gaius to send the missionaries on their way “in a manner worthy of God.” (b) Some have understood “the Name” as the self-designation of the Johannine community, or as a reference to the Christian cause at large, or as a way of designating Christians before the title “Christian” came into common usage. What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? It is difficult to know more about Demetrius with any certainty, but the author is willing to give him a powerful personal endorsement. Everyone that hateth his brother is a murderer, and ye know that every murderer hath not life eternal abiding in him. The vinegrower “takes away (airei) every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit. He mentions it in verses 1, 3 (twice), 4, 8, and 12, plus the world “true” in verse 12. It would appear that the missionaries are on their way to visit for a second time the area where Gaius’ church is located, having been there once already and returned with a good report of how Gaius had assisted them. This epistle is addressed to a converted Gentile. Jesus is the only way to God. Greet the friends, each by na… Does the use of tevkna (tekna) here imply that Gaius himself is one of the author’s converts? Probably the author’s written communication concerned the traveling missionaries (see next verse) and Diotrephes has refused to acknowledge the author’s authority to intervene in the matter. Yet John wrote this letter clearly to commend and encourage Gaius, and in his salutations, and it was Gaius that John first salutes as he ends his letter. 1 a In the beginning was b the Word, and c the Word was with God, and d the Word was God. (1) The writer and the reader. It’s perhaps just more interesting that this verse happens at the end of the chapter, which makes it impossible for one to notice unless you have two parallel versions. The identification of the “elder” in v. 1. All Christians are branches of the true Vine, for all are taken out of Adam and placed into Christ. ), within the community of Johannine Christians the Tetragrammaton or “I am” was used to refer to Jesus. The Father spoke every thing into being by him, his Eternal Word. “It must occur to all who read these discourses preserved by John how simple the text looks, and yet how transcendent is the thought when it is even dimly understood. 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. Either way, the meaning is essentially the same. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). A soul murderer, as the Ethiopic version renders it; not only of himself, for every sinner, by sinning, wrongs and destroys his own soul; but of his brother whom he hates: he is a murderer of him in his heart, even as he that lusts after a woman hath committed adultery with her in his heart, out of which arise murders, as well as adulteries; it is not only … Peace be to you – The author of 3 John only refers to himself as the Elder, but most scholars believe that the book was written by the apostle John due to the consistency of the language and style used to the two other epistles of John, and also due to the similarity in language and concept to the gospel of John. ( Log Out /  He rose again and still lives! The noun ajlhvqeia (alhqeia, “truth”) in the Johannine letters may refer to orthodox christological belief (1 John 2:21-23; 4:2, 6; 5:10, 20; 2 John 7) or ethical behavior (1 John 1:6, 2:4, 3:18-19, and 4:20). Verse 14 states the author’s desire to communicate with Gaius in person rather than by means of letter: it appears that the author anticipates a personal visit (we will speak face to face) to Gaius’ church in the near future (see the previous section). Question: "What did Jesus mean when He said 'I am the True Vine' (John 15:1)?" Does your heart burn with hatred toward another today, or has it this week? He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has ... Jesus Teaches Nicodemus - Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish … But God, Who hates the sin, loves the sinner; and even when He punishes, does not punish in haste. 4 I have no greater joy than this: to hear my children are living according to the truth. All true Christians ought to support the endeavors of these traveling missionaries in their efforts to counteract the false christological teaching of the secessionist opponents. Greet the friends, each by name – and this refers to the people who are with Gaius. The referent of hJmei' (Jhmeis, “we”) in v. 8. Thus it seems probable that Gaius belongs to (or is in charge of) one local church while Diotrephes is in another, a church known to Gaius but to which he does not belong.845. We do not know who are they, or which city they could possibly be in, but this is in general, a very common greeting reserved specially for letters. Note on John 7:37. Pingback: 3 John 1:15 | A disciple's study. All things were made by him — All creatures, whether in heaven or on earth, the whole universe, and every being contained therein, animate or inanimate, intelligent or unintelligent. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper, &c.] Or succeed in all temporal affairs, in the business of life, in which he was; and as success of this sort depends upon the blessing of God, which maketh rich, it is to be wished and prayed for from him: 1 John 3:15. 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