Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

3 John 1:6

and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Hospitality;   Zeal, Religious;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Hospitality;   Missionary Work by Ministers;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Gaius;   Gifts of the spirit;   Hospitality;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Church, the;   Hospitality;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Diotrephes;   John the Apostle;   John, the Epistles of;   Timothy, the First Epistle to;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Love;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Brotherly Love;   Diotrephes;   Excommunication;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - John the Baptist;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Which have borne witness of thy charity - Of thy love and benevolence.

Before the Church - The believers at Ephesus; for to this Church the apostle seems to refer.

Whom if thou bring forward - If thou continue to assist such, as thou hast done, thou shalt do well.

The brethren of whom St. John speaks might have been apostles; the strangers, assistants to these apostles, as John Mark was to Barnabas. Both were itinerant evangelists.

After a godly sort - Αξιως του Θεου· Worthy of God; and in such a way as he can approve. Let all Churches, all congregations of Christians, from whom their ministers and preachers can claim nothing by law, and for whom the state makes no provision, lay this to heart; let them ask themselves, Do we deal with these in a manner worthy of God, and worthy of the profession we make? Do we suffer them to lack the bread that perisheth, while they minister to us with no sparing hand the bread of life? Let a certain class of religious people, who will find themselves out when they read this note, consider whether, when their preachers have ministered to them their certain or stated time, and are called to go and serve other Churches, they send them forth in a manner worthy of God, making a reasonable provision for the journey which they are obliged to take. In the itinerant ministry of the apostles it appears that each Church bore the expenses of the apostle to the next Church or district to which he was going to preach the word of life. So it should be still in the mission and itinerant ministry.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church - It would seem that they had returned to John, and borne honorable testimony to the love manifested to them by Gaius. Before what church they had borne this testimony is unknown. Perhaps it was the church in Ephesus.

Whom if thou bring forward on their journey - οὕς προπέμψας hous propempsas“Whom bringing forward, or having brought forward.” The word refers to aid rendered to them in their journey, in facilitating their travels, either by personally accompanying them, by furnishing them the means of prosecuting their journey, or by hospitably entertaining them. Gaius probably aided them in every way in which it was practicable. It has been made a question whether this refer, to the fact that he had thus aided them in some visit which they had made to the church where Gaius was, or to a visit which they purposed to make. The Greek would seem to favor the latter construction, and yet it would appear from the Epistle, that the “brethren and strangers” actually had been with him that they had been rejected by the church through the influence of Diotrephes, and had been thrown upon the hospitality of Gaius, and that they had returned, and had borne honorable testimony to his hospitality. These views can be reconciled by supposing, as Lucke does, that having been once on their travels, and having shared the hospitality of Gaius, they were purposing to visit that region again, and that John, praising him for his former hospitality, commends them again to him, stating the reason 3 John 1:9-10 why he did not, in accordance with the usual custom, recommend them to the care of the church. They had now gone out 3 John 1:7 on the same errand upon which they had formerly gone, and they had now equal claims to the hospitality of the friends of religion.

After a godly sort - Margin, as in Greek, “worthy of God.” The meaning is, As becomes those who serve God; or as becomes those who are professors of his religion.

Thou shalt do well - You will do what religion requires in these circumstances.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

who bare witness of thy love before the church: whom thou wilt do well to set forward on their journey worthily of God:

This is a description of the "witnessing" mentioned in 3 John 1:1:3, which see. One may glimpse the enthusiasm and excitement of 1century evangelism in the thoughts here.

Set forward on their journey ... "The Greek works used here imply not only good wishes, but material support."[18] The New Testament custom of congregations accompanying such travelers a part of the way upon their departure is glimpsed again, and again, in the account of Paul's travels in Acts.

Worthily of God ... indicates that Gaius was to go the whole way in his hospitality. It meant, "to help on one's journey with food, money, by arranging for companions, and providing means of travel."[19] Dodd went so far as to declare that "set forward on their journey" was somewhat of "a technical term of early Christian missions, implying the assumption of financial responsibility for departing missionaries."[20] This would seem to be true. Certainly, Paul seems to have had in mind the financial support of brethren in Rome for his projected trip to Spain.

[18] Amos N. Wilder, op. cit., p. 310.

[19] J. W. Roberts, The Letters of John (Austin, Texas: R. B. Sweet Company, 1968), p. 175.

[20] John R. W. Stotts, op. cit., p. 222.

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church,.... At Ephesus, where John was; these brethren and strangers coming thither, and being greatly affected with Gaius's kindness and liberality to them, could not forbear speaking of it to his praise, in the presence of the members of the church, as well as acquainted the Apostle John with it; the Syriac version reads, "before the whole church"; they bore testimony of his liberality in a very public manner And this the apostle mentions to encourage Gaius to go on, and continue in his kindness to the same persons, since they retained such a grateful sense of past favours; and whereas they were now returning back, he desires that he would give them some further assistance:

whom if thou bring forward on their journey; the word here used signifies, to send on before, as in Acts 15:3, and is used by the Septuagint in the same sense as here, and in the above places, in Genesis 18:16; where it is said, that "Abraham went with them (the angels) to bring them on in the way", לשלחם, "to send them on", or "send them away"; dismiss them, take his leave of them in a friendly and honourable way. The Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan render it, לאלוואיהון, "to accompany them"; and so this Greek word, which seems to answer to the Hebrew phrase, signifies an honourable accompanying, leading forth, and taking leave of friends; and so the apostle encourages Gaius to behave in like manner to the brethren and strangers; meaning, either by accompanying them in person, or by sending his servants along with them, both to direct them the way, and to secure them from danger, and chiefly by furnishing them with everything necessary for them; see Titus 3:13. And this he would have him do,

after a godly sort; or "worthy of God"; in imitation of God, who is merciful, kind, and beneficent; or as it became him whom God had called by his grace to his kingdom and glory; or as it was fit and proper such servants of God, as those brethren were, should be used; and this would be doing well:

thou shalt do well; what is grateful and well pleasing to God, and beautiful and lovely in the eyes of his people.

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Geneva Study Bible

Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou c bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

(c) He commends to Gaius, either those same men whom he had entertained before returning to him, about the affairs of the Church, or else some other who had similar business.
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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

borne witness of thy charity before the church — to stimulate others by the good example. The brethren so entertained by Gaius were missionary evangelists (3 John 1:7); and, probably, in the course of narrating their missionary labors for the edification of the Church where John then was, incidentally mentioned the loving hospitality shown them by Gaius.

bring forward on their journey — “If thou (continue to) forward on their journey” by giving them provisions for the way.

after a godly sortGreek, “in a manner worthy of God,” whose ambassadors they are, and whose servant thou art. He who honors God‘s missionary servants (3 John 1:7), honors God.

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Before the church (ενωπιον εκκλησιαςenōpion ekklēsias). Public meeting as the anarthrous use of εκκλησιαekklēsia indicates, like εν εκκλησιαιen ekklēsiāi in 1 Corinthians 14:19, 1 Corinthians 14:35.

Thou wilt do well (καλως ποιησειςkalōs poiēseis). Future active of ποιεωpoieō with adverb καλωςkalōs a common polite phrase in letters (papyri) like our “please.” See also Acts 10:33; James 2:19; 1 Corinthians 7:37.; Philippians 4:14; 2 Peter 1:19.

To set forward on their journey (προπεμπσαςpropempsas). First aorist active participle (simultaneous action) of προπεμπωpropempō to send forward, “sending forward,” old word, in N.T. in Acts 15:3; Acts 20:38; Acts 21:5; 1 Corinthians 16:6, 1 Corinthians 16:11; 2 Corinthians 1:16; Romans 15:24; Titus 3:13.

Worthily of God (αχιως του τεουaxiōs tou theou). Precisely this phrase in 1 Thessalonians 2:12 and the genitive with αχιωςaxiōs also in Romans 16:2; Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:10; Ephesians 4:1. See John 13:20 for Christ‘s words on the subject. “Since they are God‘s representatives, treat them as you would God” (Holtzmann). From Homer‘s time (Od. XV. 74) it was customary to speed the parting guest, sometimes accompanying him, sometimes providing money and food. Rabbis were so escorted and Paul alludes to the same gracious custom in Romans 15:24; Titus 3:13.

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Vincent's Word Studies

The Church ( ἐκκλησίας )

See on Matthew 16:18.

If thou bring forward on their journey ( προπέμψας )

Lit., having sent forward. The aorist tense represents the act as accomplished. Compare Acts 15:3; Titus 3:13. Rev., set forward.

After a godly sort ( ἀξίως τοῦ Θεοῦ )

Lit., worthily of God. So Rev. Compare 1 Thessalonians 2:12; Colossians 1:10.

Thou shalt do well ( καλῶς ποιὴσεις )

For the phrase, see Acts 10:33; Philippians 4:14; James 2:8, James 2:19; 2 Peter 1:19. Rev., renders the whole: whom thou wilt do well to set forward on their journey worthily of God.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

Who have testified of thy love before the church — The congregation with whom I now reside.

Whom if thou send forward on their journey — Supplied with what is needful.

Thou shalt do well — How tenderly does the apostle enjoin this!

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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Before the church; that is, as it would seem, before the church over which John presided, which is generally supposed to have been the church at Ephesus.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

Ver. 6. After a godly sort] Gr. αξιως του θεου, worthy of God, as seeing God in them, and as beseemeth his servants, who are princes in all lands, Psalms 45:16.

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Sermon Bible Commentary

3 John 1:6

This short letter opens for us a window into the past, and shows us a little incident in the inner life of an unnamed Church. Some travelling evangelists, apparently from Ephesus, the residence of the Apostle, had gone forth armed with what he modestly calls "somewhat which I have written," and had found their way to a city where they had been hospitably welcomed by a certain Gaius or Caius. But in that little community there was an ill-conditioned dog-in-the-manger, who, in his touchy self-importance, thought that he was somehow aggrieved by the Apostle's recommendation, and sought to revenge his insulted pre-eminence upon the innocent evangelists, refusing to receive them because he would not receive the Apostle, and even going so far as to threaten excommunication to their sympathisers. So the evangelists went back to Ephesus and told their story, and the Apostle appears to send them once again to the same place, and gives them this letter, partly in order to express his satisfaction with the work of Gaius and partly in order to prepare the way for their future reception. The words of my text are the gist of the Epistle in so far as it concerns the evangelists and their host. They seem to me to suggest three general thoughts: (1) the motive and aim of the missionary worker; (2) the standard for the missionary helper; (3) the honour common to them both.

I. The motive and aim of the missionary worker: "For the sake of the Name they went forth." Now I need not remind you how in Scripture the name is more than a collection of syllables. It is the expression of the nature of the person or thing to which it is applied. In reference to a person it tells us not only who, but what, he is; and, in fact, we may say it is tantamount, or all but tantamount, to the whole revelation of Jesus Christ, the sum of all we know about Him—His nature, His character, His work. Here, then, is the one motive, as for all Christian life, so eminently for missionary work. Every other will fail us; it is far deeper than compassion for souls; it is the parent of compassion for souls. For the sake of the Name, and for that alone, let us see to it that we do our little bit of work, whatsoever it may be. As long as our Churches live by that Name, so long will there go forth man after man driven out to carry it. Let them falter in their allegiance to the supernatural, Divine, sacrificial elements of the Name, and the missionary impulse will become spasmodic spurts, and will die like water out of a pipe when the pressure is slacked off. Only he who can with all his heart say, "There is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved," is worthy to be His chosen vessel to bear it to the Gentiles.

II. The standard for missionary helpers. And so mark here the standard for missionary helpers. I have read my text with the alteration which you will find also, I think, in the Revised Version, which substitutes for "after a godly sort" the literal and most pregnant rendering "worthily of God." That is the standard. It bids us consider what He is. The dignity of the recipient should in some measure be expressed by the preciousness of the gift. It bids us consider what He has given us, and how He has given it. "He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and he that receiveth Me receiveth Him that sent Me." Worthily of God—He is in His servants; treat them as you would treat Him if He stood before you.

III. The honour common to workers and helpers. Here is this great thought, that workers and helpers alike may have the joy and the confidence of believing that the truth works with them, and they with it. Think of the honour this lays upon us and the greatness with which it invests our work. Some great artist will strike out the outline of some immortal picture and labour upon it, and then he lets all the anonymous little painters that belong to his school and are animated by his spirit come with their feebler brushes and lay a tint or two on. Jesus Christ lets us, His scholars, work upon His great picture, permits us to co-operate with Him; His truth cannot reach its ends—namely, that men should recognise it—without our co-operation. "Ye are My witnesses, saith the Lord"; and some eyes that are too bleared to gaze upon the unveiled sun may be drawn to a belief in and a love for it if they see its tints spread out in prismatic beauty even by the misty vapours of our poor individuality. We are fellow-helpers with the truth, and that should make us know that our work is grave. Think of the confidence that should inspire us in doing our service. We are working with the strongest thing in the world in the line of the Divine purpose; we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth; and when the net result of all the activities, furtherances, and antagonisms is summed up it will be found that the only thing that lasts is that truth and the work of the men that helped it. To oppose it is like fighting against the western gales or trying to counteract gravitation. Let us fling our work into the line of the Divine purpose, and be sure of this: that the truth will help us if we help it.

A. Maclaren, Christian Commonwealth, October, 1892.

Reference: 8.—W. M. Punshon, Christian World Pulpit, vol. viii., p. 81.




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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

3 John 1:6. If thou bring forward on their journey If, according to your wonted kindness, you will do what in you lies to give them all needful assistances for their journey, in a manner suitable to your own Christian temper, and to their relation to, and employment for God, you will act ( καλως ) a worthy part toward them in imitation of his goodness.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

3 John 1:6. ἐνώπιον ἐκκλησίας, before the Church) These examples were publicly mentioned, for encouragement, [in a very familiar method.—V. g.]— καλ ς ποιήσεις, thou shalt do well) A characteristic [polite] form of exhortation. Thus it is used in the past and the present time, to express approbation: Thou hast spoken wellThou hast done well, etc., Luke 20:39; Acts 10:33; Mark 7:37; John 4:17; John 13:13; James 2:8; James 2:19; 2 Peter 1:19.— προπέμψας, bringing forward on their journey) with provision for the way, Titus 3:13. Continue to afford benefits even to the end.— ἀξίως το θεο, as is worthy of God) He, who honours such as are described in the following verse, honours God.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

After a godly sort; i.e. after a manner (as the Greek expression is) worthy of God, viz. as becomes them who bear the name of God, as thou dost, or are intent upon his work, as they are; which latter notion is confirmed by what follows.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

Они засвидетельствовали перед церковью о твоей любви Репутация Гаия как гостеприимного и доброго человека (а также и послушного, ст. 3) была хорошо известна в церквах региона.

как должно ради Бога Ср. Кол. 1:10; 1Фес. 2:12. Фраза имеет дополнительное значение: с людьми следует поступать так, как Бог поступает с ними (см. Мф. 10:40). Это ключ к тому, каким должно быть гостеприимство (Мф. 25:40-45).

Ты хорошо поступишь Иоанн ободряет Гаия, призывая его оказывать гостеприимство и в дальнейшем. Это ободрение было особенно необходимо из-за поступков Диотрефа, который проводил самовольную кампанию против гостеприимства (ст. 10).

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

After a godly sort; with that kind of assistance which becomes disciples of Christ towards his ministers who go to preach the gospel and supply the destitute. It is the duty of ministers from love to Christ not only to preach the gospel at home, but to go to the heathen and preach it, where Christ has never been known; and when they do this, it cannot be expected that the heathen, at first, should support them. It is not wise to ask it; and it is in such cases a duty, and should be esteemed a privilege, for Christians at home to support them.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

The church in view was John"s church, probably in Ephesus. "You will do well to" is an idiom that we could translate "Please." John urged Gaius to continue his commendable treatment of visitors. He could do so during their stay with him and when they departed by sending them on their way with adequate provisions (cf. Acts 15:3; Acts 20:38; Acts 21:5; Romans 15:24; 1 Corinthians 16:6; Titus 3:13).

"The point is still relevant. Christian ministers and missionaries live in the faith that God will encourage his people to provide for their needs; it is better that such provision err on the side of generosity than stinginess." [Note: I. Howard Marshall, The Epistles of John, p86.]

"Always and everywhere that man is to be highly esteemed in the Church, who combines firm convictions with a generous heart." [Note: Donald Fraser, Synoptical Lectures on the Books of Holy Scripture, Romans -, Revelation, p243.]

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

have borne witness = bare witness. Same as "testify", 3 John 1:3.

charity = love. App-135.

before = in the sight of.

church. App-186.

if . . . journey. Literally having sent forward. Greek. propempo. See Acts 15:3. Compare App-174.

after a godly sort = worthily of God (App-98.)

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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: Borne witness of thy charity before (in the presence of) the church - to stimulate others by the good example. The brethren so entertained by Caius were missionary evangelists (3 John 1:7). Probably, in narrating their missionary labours "before the church" where John was, they incidentally mentioned the loving hospitality, of Caius.

Bring forward on their journey - `if thou (continue to) forward on their journey,' by giving them provisions for the way.

After a godly sort, [ axios (Greek #514) Theou (Greek #2316)] - 'in a manner worthy of God,' whose ambassadors they are, and whose servant thou art. He who honours God's missionaries (3 John 1:7), honours God.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
have borne witness of thy charity
12; Philemon 1:5-7
whom
Acts 15:3; 21:5; Romans 15:24; 2 Corinthians 1:16; Titus 3:13
after a godly sort
or, worthy of God. This is a literal and proper rendering of the original [axios tou theos
1 Thessalonians 2:12
do well
Genesis 4:7; Jonah 4:4; Matthew 25:21-23; Acts 15:29; Philippians 4:14; 1 Peter 2:20
Reciprocal: Genesis 18:16 - to bring;  Judges 8:5 - loaves;  Ezra 1:4 - let the men;  Acts 13:3 - they sent;  Acts 14:26 - recommended;  Acts 28:15 - when;  1 Corinthians 16:6 - that ye;  1 Corinthians 16:11 - but;  2 Peter 1:19 - ye do

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 3 John 1:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/3-john-1.html.

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

Have borne witness was done by the brethren mentioned in the preceding verse ( 3 John 1:5). They seem to have been traveling from place to place, or some of them were, which gave them an opportunity for making the report to John referred to. AGaius assisted these travelers in so ay for their journey. After a godly sort means it was in the name of God and because of their work for Him.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

6.Before the church—Their report from their first mission was not to John alone, but before the metropolitan church of Ephesus. So that Gaius’s benefaction had gained for him an illustrious recognition.

If thou bring forward—If on their second mission, to which I commend them in this letter.

Bring forward—Forward them from thy home on their farther way, furnishing them counsel, guidance, and material aid.

After a godly sort—Literally, worthily of God, whose ministers and revealers they are to the Gentiles.

 

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The Expositor's Greek Testament

3 John 1:6. On the anarthrous , see note on 2 John 1:10. has the sense of “please” in the Oxyrhynchus Papyri; e.g., 300, 3–6: , , “I sent you the bread-basket by the cameleer Taurinus; please let me have word again that you got it”. : when a Rabbi visited a town, it was customary on his departure to escort him on his way (Lightfoot, Hor. Heb., on Matthew 5:41). The gracious usage was observed in the primitive Church, and it appears to have included the furnishing of provision for the journey (cf.Titus 3:13). Cf. Hom. Od. xv., 74: , . “welcome the coming, speed the parting guest”. , “in a manner worthy of God,” i.e. (1) “Since they are God’s representatives (John 13:20), weil ihr evangelistenwerk Gottes Werk ist (Holtzm.), treat them as you would treat God”; (2) “Since you are God’s representatives, treat them as God would treat them”.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on 3 John 1:6". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/3-john-1.html. 1897-1910.

The Bible Study New Testament

6. Spoken of your love. “They all praise your good work and the hospitality you showed to them!” Please help them. “Since the work of ministry must continue, you will be called upon again and again to help. Since you are God’s friend, help them in a generous way that will please God!”

 

 

 

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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on 3 John 1:6". "The Bible Study New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/3-john-1.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.