Verse 1 – The elder, to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
Verse 2 – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Yes, God is concerned for both the physical body and our souls. We shouldn’t neglect either.
Verse 3 – For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you just as you walk in truth.
Verse 4 – I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Verse 5 – Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers,
Verse 6 – who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send forward on their journey in a matter worthy of God you will do well,
Verse 7 – because they went forth for His name’s sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles.
Verse 8 – We therefore ought to receive such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.
These men that were sent out to preach, didn’t look for their needs to be met by the people they were sent to minister to. Christians took care of their needs and a place to stay.
Verse 9 – I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have preeminence among them, does not receive us.
Verse 10 – Therefore, if I come, I will cal to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.
All we know about Diotrephes is that he wanted to control the church. He refused to have anything to do with other spiritual leaders; he slandered the leaders; he didn’t welcome visiting gospel teachers; and he attempted to excommunicate those who opposed him.
Verse 11 – Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.
That’s pretty plain. Those who do evil, slander, are envious; who deceive, lie, cheat, control others, are not of God.
Verse 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.
Verse 13 – I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with ink;
Verse 14 – but I hope to see yo shortly, and we shall speak face to face. Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet friends by name.