No Greater Joy
III John 1-8
December 16, 2007
INTRODUCTION: I preach today in honor of my wife of 37 years, Janet Allen Hunt. Verse 4 serves as her life verse.
III John is the shortest book in the New Testament and the Bible. There are 219 words in the Greek text. It has been referred to as the twin of II John, but not identical.
It is a personal letter that revolves around three individuals: Gaius, Diotrephes, and Demetrius. Demetrius delivers this letter from the Apostle John as words of exhortation to Gaius, encouraging him not to imitate the bad example of Diotrephes, but continue the good work he is doing of receiving and supporting the traveling missionaries. He praises him for his performance and encourages him to keep it up.
Our theme is Joy: Jesus, Others, Yourself; Jesus, Obedience, Yielding/Yearning. John explodes with joy as he lists the reasons for joy.
John 15:11, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." Jesus maintained that His obedience to the Father was the basis of His joy, so also the believers who are obedient to His commandments will experience the same joy.
I. JOY'S DESIRE. 1-3
A. HIS AFFECTION. 1
"whom I love in truth" – because Christians have common knowledge of the truth, they have the common source of love.
Four times Gaius is called "beloved": 1,2,5,11
Same word is used that speaks of God's love for His Son and God's love for believers.
1. It is in God's Nature
2. It is in a Believer's Heart
3. It leads the list of the Fruit of the Spirit
B. HIS ASKING. 2
His spiritual state was so excellent that John prayed that his physical health would match his spiritual vigor. Often there is more bodily vigor than spiritual health.
"Prosper" – continuous tense suggests successive circumstances of varying prosperity as week follows week.
C. HIS ADORNING. 3
Speaks of Gaius' exemplary obedience; his walk ...
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