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3 John 1:11

Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.
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Fausset Bible Dictionary - Diotrephes;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - 42 Evil Wicked;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Follow not that which is evil - Μμ μιμου το κακον· Do not imitate that wicked man, i.e., the conduct of Diotrephes; be merciful, loving, and kind. For whatever profession any man may make, it will ever appear that he who doeth good is of God - he alone is the person who uses rightly the grace received from God, and he alone shall enjoy the Divine approbation;

While he that doeth evil - He who is unfeeling, unmerciful, unkind, hath not seen God - has no proper knowledge of that God whose Name is mercy, and whose Nature is love.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good - There can be no doubt that in this exhortation the writer had Diotrephes particularly in his eye, and that he means to exhort Gaius not to imitate his example. He was a man of influence in the church, and though Gaius had shown that he was disposed to act in an independent manner, yet it was not improper to exhort him not to be influenced by the example of any one who did wrong. John wished to excite him to acts of liberal and generous hospitality.

He that doeth good is of God - He shows that he resembles God, for God continually does good. See the sentiment explained in the notes at 1 John 3:7.

He that doeth evil hath not seen God - See the notes at 1 John 3:8-10.

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The Biblical Illustrator

3 John 1:11

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good.

Evil not to be imitated

Evil is soon imitated, especially in great persons; they are a countenance to it; their actions seem to be laws. Such a great man swears profanely. Why may not I swear too? No; follow not that which is evil in any--no, not in good men.

1. Evil is agreeable to our nature; it is soon followed; a little persuading will serve the turn; therefore we had need to beware of it.

2. There be many instigators to that which is evil, the devil and his instruments to thrust us forward.

3. Evil is common, a weed that grows everywhere; goodness is a flower that grows in few gardens (Matthew 7:13-14).

4. Evil, since the fall, is of greatest antiquity. There was a Cain before an Abel; therefore we had need to watch over ourselves, else we shall follow evil ere we be aware.

5. Whither doth evil lead us? Even to hell, follow her not; let her go alone for all us; yet she hath too many followers, even in the light of the gospel. (W. Jones, D. D.)

He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Godliness

Follow the faith of Abraham, the zeal of Phinehas, the sincerity of Nathaniel, the liberality of Zaccheus and Cornelius; listen to the admonition of St. Paul (Philippians 4:8). But let us come to St. John’s reason.

1. For goodness. “He that doeth good is of God,” not by propagation, but by imitation; he is full of goodness; be you so, too, in some measure.

2. He doeth that which is acceptable to God; he is of His family; he serves and obeys Him, therefore God will reward him for it. On the other side, “he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” Why? Then none hath seen Him, for all do evil. The meaning is, that doth accustom himself to do evil. The godly man doeth evil, but it is upon weakness; the wicked do it upon wilfulness; the one accidentally, the other properly and naturally. He that walketh in the dark cannot see; wicked men walk in the darkness of sin and ignorance, therefore they cannot see God. Therefore let us abhor that which is evil; it will blind our eyes, and keep us from seeing of God. (W. Jones, D. D.)

Sin injurious to spiritual sight

1. He that doeth evil--willingly doeth it--cannot have seen God in the sense of having seen and felt the claims and the force of His commandments. Diotrephes could not have seen God in the commandments, or he would not have forced his way to the “pre-eminence,” withheld kindly hospitalities, or spoken untrustful things of the apostle.

2. He that doeth evil--willingly doeth evil--cannot have “seen God” in the example of His Son.

3. He that doeth evil--willingly doeth evil--cannot have “seen God” in the illuminations of the Divine will through the Holy Ghost. All evil resists His in-workings. Or, to use the figure of our text, all evil blinds us to His presence, and leaves us to grope our way in the darkness of our self-seeking. (The Weekly Pulpit.)

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Sinclair observed in this connection that there might have been many human considerations which would have encouraged Gaius to follow the lead of Diotrephes. "Peace, good fellowship, popular example, the dislike of singularity, and the indolent indifference which ordinary men feel for truth and right"[35] - all such things would have entered into the minds of people as reasons why they should have followed Diotrephes. Besides that, any action, no matter how wrong, which could be made the excuse for shirking plain Christian duty, like that of helping the missionaries, would be bound to have its appeal. "But the difference between right and wrong is eternal and irreconcilable."[36] John here made the loving appeal to true Christians that they should imitate good conduct, not bad. He at once cited the example of Demetrius, who like Gaius, had placed his life squarely on the side of righteousness.

[35] W. M. Sinclair, Ellicott's Bible Commentary, Vol. VIII (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1959), p. 501.

[36] Ibid.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Beloved, follow not that which is evil,.... Follow not evil in general, it being hateful to God, contrary to his nature and will, and bad in itself, as well as pernicious in its consequences; and particularly follow not, or do not imitate the particular evil or evils in Diotrephes; as his pride, ambition, love of preeminence, and tyrannical government in the church, and especially his hard heartedness, cruelty, and inhospitality to the poor saints; and so the Arabic version reads, "do not imitate him in evil"; the examples of persons in office and authority have great influence, especially in cases of charity, when men can be excused thereby, and save their money, or be freed from an expense:

but that which is good; follow and imitate that, be a follower of God, imitate him in acts of kindness and beneficence, be merciful as he is; copy the deeds of Jesus Christ, who went about doing good, and declared it to be more blessed to give than to receive; and tread in the steps of those good men, who have shown love to the name of Christ, by ministering to his saints; for though the apostle may mean everything that is good, which is to be followed and imitated in any, yet he chiefly designs acts of kindness and beneficence to poor saints and ministers: to which he encourages by the following,

he that doeth good is of God; he is a child of God, he appears to be so, in that he is like to his heavenly Father, who is kind and merciful; he is born of God, he is passed from death to life, which his love to the brethren shows; he has the grace of God, and strength from Christ, and the assistance of the Spirit, without either of which he could not do that which is good:

but he that doeth evil hath not seen God; has had no spiritual saving sight of God in Christ; for if he had, he would abhor that which is evil, and, with Job, abhor himself for it, and reckon himself, with Isaiah, as undone, Job 42:6, for such effects has the sight of God on the souls of men; such an one knows not God, nor what it is to have communion with him: for those who live in sin, in whom it is a governing principle, cannot have fellowship with God; nor has such an one ever felt the love of God in his soul, or been made a partaker of his grace, which would teach and constrain him to act otherwise. Compare this text with 1 John 3:10, which shows the Apostle John to be the writer of this epistle. The Ethiopic version reads, "shall not see God"; that is, hereafter, in the world to come.

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Geneva Study Bible

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not e seen God.

(e) Has not known God.
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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

follow not that which is evil — as manifested in Diotrephes (3 John 1:9, 3 John 1:10).

but  …  good — as manifested in Demetrius (3 John 1:12).

is of God — is born of God, who is good.

hath not seen God — spiritually, not literally.

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Imitate not (μη μιμουmē mimou). Present middle imperative in prohibition (do not have the habit of imitating) of μιμεομαιmimeomai (from μιμοςmimos actor, mimic), old word, in N.T. only here, 2 Thessalonians 3:7, 2 Thessalonians 3:9; Hebrews 13:7.

That which is evil (το κακονto kakon). “The bad,” as in Romans 12:21 (neuter singular abstract).

But that which is good (αλλα το αγατονalla to agathon). “But the good.” As in Romans 12:21 again. Probably by the contrast between Diotrephes and Demetrius.

He that doeth good (ο αγατοποιωνho agathopoiōn). Articular present active participle of αγατοποιεωagathopoieō late and rare verb, in contrast with ο κακοποιωνho kakopoiōn (old and common verb) as in Mark 3:4; Luke 6:9; 1 Peter 3:17.

Is of God (εκ του τεου εστινek tou theou estin). As in 1 John 3:9.

Hath not seen God (ουχ εωρακεν τον τεονouch heōraken ton theon). As in 1 John 3:6. He does not say εκ του διαβολουek tou diabolou as Jesus does in John 8:44, but he means it.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Follow ( μιμοῦ )

More correctly, as Rev., imitate. Elsewhere only 2 Thessalonians 3:7, 2 Thessalonians 3:9; Hebrews 13:7. The kindred word μιμητής imitatoruniformly rendered follower in A.V., occurs 1 Corinthians 4:16; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1. Hence our word mimic; also pantomime. Μῖμος means both an actor and a kind of prose drama, intended as a familiar representation of life and character, and without any distinct plot.

That which is evil - that which is good ( τὸ κακὸν - τὸ ἀγαθόν ).

Compare τὰ ἀγαθά good τὰ φαῦλα evil John 5:29.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Follow not that which is evil — In Diotrephes.

But that which is good — In Demetrius.

He hath not seen God — Is a stranger to him.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Ver. 11. Follow not] Make not such a man as Diotrephes your pattern for imitation; though he ruffle it among you, and will needs be the only man.

Hath not seen God] sc. With the eyes of his mind, whatever he may boast of visions or revelations; believe him not.

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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

3 John 1:11. Follow not that which is evil, Imitate not, &c. As Diotrephes seems to have been pastor of the church where Gaius lived, and a zealous, conceited, Judaizing Christian, it is not unlikely but he made boasting pretensions to greater knowledge of God and of the Gospel than St. John had; and lest such glorying should recommend his bad example, and make him pass for a person of high reputation, St. John cautions Gaius against following his example; and recommends to him rather the imitation of such plain honest Christians as kindly received those whotravelled about to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. It is very likely that they boasted not of their own knowledge, but behaved well; and that was a much better proof of their understanding the nature of God, and of the gospel of Christ, than any pretensions to uncommon knowledge, without a suitable temper and conduct.

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Here St. John advises his beloved Gaius, and those with him, not to imitate and follow this evil example of Diotrephes, (who not only refused charity towards the Christian Jews that wanted it, himself, but would not permit the Gentile Christians to receive them or relieve them,) but to follow the example of God, who is good to all; and, accordingly, he that is merciful is born of God, but he that is malicious hath no true knowledge of God, but is a mere stranger to him. Behold here the euology and high commendation which the Spirit of God gives to charitable and good men: He that doeth good is of God, he is allied to heaven, born of God, and his offspring: but the uncharitable evil man is a composition of spite, envy, and malice, born from beneath, and the devil's offspring.

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Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

11.] Upon occasion of the hostility just mentioned, St. John exhorts Caius to imitate not the evil but the good,—probably as shewn in the praises of Demetrius which follow. Beloved, imitate not evil ( τὸ κακόν, abstract), but good (abstract also). He that doeth good, is from God (is born of God, and has his mission and power from Him: as so often in the first Epistle): he that doeth evil, hath not seen God (so in ref., πᾶς ὁ ἁμαρτάνων οὐχ ἑώρακεν αὐτόν, where see note. And yet this expression is called by Lücke and De Wette “unjohanneisch,” and 1 John 4:20, adduced to prove it, where the word ἑώρακεν is used in its literal physical sense).

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Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

3 John 1:11. From the special case the apostle deduces an exhortation of general import.

μὴ μιμοῦ τὸ κακόν, ἀλλὰ τὸ ἀγαθόν] On μιμεῖσθαι, comp. especially Hebrews 13:7.

The expressions: τὸ κακόν and τὸ ἀγαθόν, can so much the less be regarded as un-Johannean (de Wette) as in John 5:29 the corresponding antithesis: τὰ ἀγαθά and τὰ φαῦλα, is found, and in John 18:23 the neuter singular τὸ κακόν. The additional sentence: ἀγαθοποιῶντὸν θεόν, expresses the same thought that frequently appears in the First Epistle of John, especially in chap. 3:6.

The ideas: ἀγαθοποιεῖν and κακοποιεῖν, are to be taken quite generally, and must not be limited to the special virtue of benevolence (a Lapide, Lorinus, Grotius, Paulus); comp. 1 Peter 2:14-15; 1 Peter 2:20; 1 Peter 3:6; 1 Peter 3:17.

The corresponding expressions: ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ εἶναι and ἑωρακέναι τὸν θεόν, are used also in the First Epistle of John; but why the Johannean: οὐκ ἔγνω τὸν θεόν (1 John 4:8), should be more conformable to the style of John than the equally Johannean: οὐχ ἑώρακε τὸν θεόν (1 John 3:6), as Lücke and de Wette think, is not quite perceptible.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

3 John 1:11. τ κακ ν, that which is evil) in Diotrephes.— τ ἀγαθ ν, that which is good) in Demetrius.— ἐκ το θεο, from God) who is good.— ἔστιν, is) as born from Him.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Follow not; Mh mimou by following here he means imitation, i.e. the deformity of evil appearing in the practice of some, and the beauty of true goodness in others, (examples being given of both sorts, 3 John 1:9, and 3 John 1:12), he exhorts to decline the former, and imitate the other; and enforces the exhortation by the weightiest arguments.

He that doeth good; a doer of good, one made up of kindness and benignity (as the contest draws the sense to that special kind of goodness); agayopoiwn and o kakopoiwn, signify doing well or ill, from a fixed, prevailing habit, 1 John 3:7,8.

Is of God; is allied to heaven, born of God, his offspring.

But he that doeth evil hath not seen God; an evil-doer, on the other hand, such a one as is a composition of spite, envy, and malice, is a mere stranger to him, hath not been, or known, or had to do with him.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

не подражай злу, но добру Стих является вступлением к похвале Димитрию и говорит о правильном поведении.

Кто делает добро, тот от Бога; а делающий зло не видел Бога Утверждение Иоанна показывает, что поступки Диотрефа свидетельствовали о том, что он никогда не был христианином. Это практическое применение принципа поведения (см. пояснения к 1Ин. 5:2, 3).

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

That which is evil; as exemplified by Diotrephes.

He that doeth good; to the friends of Christ, from love to him.

Is of God; belongs to God, as one of his children who is like him, and has communion with him.

Hath not seen God; has wrong views of him, and is opposed to him.

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God. He who does evil has not seen God.’

Meanwhile Gaius is to continue in goodness. As with all true Christians he must take his example from Christ, imitating what is good and not what is evil. For being a Christian, and doing good, go together. Those who do good are of God. But those who do evil have not seen God. They cannot have, for God is light, and had they seen Him they would have repented. John is quite clear. You will know men by their fruits. He knew nothing of a salvation that did not produce fruit.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

John"s encouragement doubtless strengthened Gaius" resolve to resist Diotrephes. "Of God" and "seen God" are terms John used in his first epistle (cf. 1 John 3:6; 1 John 3:10; 1 John 4:1-4; 1 John 4:6-7). God"s children do good works because God is their Father and they share His nature ( 1 John 3:9). The person who does evil may be a Christian, but he is behaving like Satan when he does evil. John was not accusing Diotrephes of being unsaved but of behaving like an unsaved person. One who knows God intimately (abides in Him) does not do evil ( 1 John 3:6; 1 John 5:18).

"The expression "he is of God" in this context does not mean "he is a Christian." Rather, it means, "he is a godly person, or "he is a man of God." In this context it is a fellowship expression." [Note: Robert N. Wilkin, "He Who Does Good Is of God ( 3 John 1:11)," Grace Evangelical Society News5:9 (September1990):2.]

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

3 John 1:11. Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good: this is characteristic of St. John, to trace all conduct to its highest source. The spirit and acts of Diotrephes, and those like him, are not of God, not fruits of regeneration: he that doeth evil hath not seen God, hath no spiritual knowledge of Him. Writing to Gaius, and writing to all who might possibly be swayed by such influence as that of Diotrephes, the apostle utters a strong warning: to what extent needed by Gaius we can only conjecture.

3 John 1:12. The good to be imitated has its example in Demetrius, whose report had reached St. John concurrently with that of Diotrephes: ‘Demetrius hath the witness of all who know him, and of all my reporters: and of the truth itself: for the truth of the Gospel reflected in his character is before yourself.’ Yes, we also bear witness: the very strong testimony to Demetrius was doubtless of the greatest importance at this juncture, and the apostle adds his own witness to that of men and to that of the truth itself: and thou knowest that our witness is true is an affecting appeal to his own personal authority, accepted, if not by Diotrephes, yet by Gaius. St. John probably knew Demetrius, who receives from him as high a commendation as is received by any individual in the New Testament. These men stand here as individuals, to whom the apostle gave his testimony, not only from the evidence of their works, but also from his sure discernment of their character. But they are also representatives of men like-minded who play their part in every age and in all communities. The apostle’s warning, commendation, and exhortation therefore are, and were meant by the Spirit to be, for all the future. And this gives our Epistle its permanent value.

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

follow. See 2 Thessalonians 3:7.

evil. App-128.

doeth good. Greek. agathopoieo. See Acts 14:17.

of. App-104.

God. App-98.

doeth evil. Greek. kakopoieo. See Mark 3:4.

seen. App-133.

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

Follow not that which is evil - as Diotrephes. But ... good - as Demetrius (3 John 1:12). Is of God - born of God, who is good. Hath not seen God - spiritually.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 3 John 1:11". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/3-john-1.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
Beloved
follow
Exodus 23:2; Psalms 37:27; Proverbs 12:11; Isaiah 1:16,17; John 10:27; 12:26; 1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14; 2 Timothy 3:10; *marg: ; Hebrews 6:12; 1 Peter 3:13
He that doeth good
1 Peter 3:11; 1 John 2:29; 3:6-9
he that doeth evil
John 3:20
Reciprocal: Ezra 1:5 - whose spirit;  Psalm 15:3 - doeth;  Psalm 26:3 - For;  Psalm 34:14 - do;  Psalm 53:3 - none;  Proverbs 2:20 - GeneralProverbs 12:28 - GeneralAmos 5:15 - Hate;  Luke 6:27 - do;  Luke 8:21 - which;  John 3:21 - they are;  John 8:47 - General1 Corinthians 14:1 - Follow;  1 Corinthians 16:18 - therefore;  Galatians 6:10 - do good;  Ephesians 5:9 - goodness;  1 Thessalonians 5:15 - ever;  2 Thessalonians 2:12 - but;  2 Thessalonians 3:6 - that ye;  1 Timothy 6:18 - they do;  2 Timothy 2:22 - follow;  Hebrews 12:14 - and holiness;  Hebrews 13:16 - to do;  James 1:22 - be;  1 John 3:10 - is

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E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

This whole verse is a kindly exhortation for Gaius to continue in the good life that he is now following which will demonstrate that he is of God.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

11.Beloved—Repeated from 3 John 1:2; 3 John 1:5, as now furnishing a monitory lesson from the narrative of Diotrephes’s conduct.

Evil’ good—The difference between Diotrephes and the apostle was not a mere question of party, or even of non-essential doctrine, but of intrinsic goodness and badness, of holiness and wickedness.

Doeth good—Not the falsely regenerate in evil-doing, but he that doeth good is of God. This clearly implies that Diotrephes held to a Nicolaitan regeneration, allowing of a doing evil and yet being of God. This was a total depravation and falsification of Christianity.

Seen God—As he is, the truly pure God, seen by the spiritual eye of true faith. The holiness of the Christian is at one with the holiness of the truly holy God.

 

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

3 John 1:11. A warning against evil example. The pres. participles , denote continuance in and practice of good or bad. See note on 1 John 3:6. , “a child of God” (cf.1 John 3:10). Observe the gentleness of the Apostle: the natural antithesis of would be (1 John 3:8), but he says .

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on 3 John 1:11". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/3-john-1.html. 1897-1910.

The Bible Study New Testament

11. What is bad. “Don’t follow the bad example of such people as Diotrephes!” But even Diotrephes is a Christian, and we ought to listen to what Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15and notes. This does not conflict with 2 John 1:10-11where the circumstances are not the same. Whoever does. Faith is made perfect through actions (James 2:22). Whether a man is good or bad will show up in the general pattern of his actions. One who makes a habit of sin does not know God!

 

 

 

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