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A Plea For Holiness-(3 John 11-15)

by Larry Miles

Verse 11 — Follow means to imitate. From this Greek word comes our English word “mimic.”

Verse 12 – Demetrius had a threefold recommendation – all men, the truth, and John.

Verse 13 – John trusted that he would shortly see Gaius. The word “shortly” suggest that John has placed this visit high on his list of things to do. 3rd John is, in reality, a bare outline of many more things John wanted to communicate.

Verse 14— John is planning on coming to see the church there. I’m sure that Gaius was happy; but not Diotrophes.

Verse 15: Friends An unusual term for fellow believers; but see John 15:15. “Every one of them.” Literally this means “by name.” John’s pastoral care is not remote and bureaucratic but personal, as Jesus commended and modeled (John 10:3,14)

What can we learn from the character of these 3 men?


Larry Miles is Co-Editor of Word & Work and attends Cherry St. Church of Christ in New Albany,


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2 Corinthians 12:10