A Life worth Living
3 John 1-4
If you have your Bible, turn to 3rd John. Third John is the second to the last book of the Bible Third John, Jude, and then the last book, Revelation.
Third John is the shortest book in the Greek New Testament. It's not the shortest book in the English because Second John only has 13 verses, and Third John has 14. But in the Greek it is the shortest. And it is an interesting little book.
You know, John the apostle, he's called ''the beloved apostle.'' He refers to himself as ''the apostle whom Jesus loved.'' We're going to talk a little bit about that tonight. But he wrote the gospel of John, which is universal. It goes out to everyone. And then he wrote three letters, First John, Second John, Third John, and then he wrote the Revelation, the apocalyptic, the revelation of Jesus Christ. John was the only disciple who did not die through martyrdom. John was boiled. The tradition tells us he was boiled in oil by the Emperor Domitian, and then he was exiled to Patmos. Patmos is where he had the vision that the Lord gave him and wrote those things down in the book of the Revelation. And then from there he went to, Ephesus. He lived out his life in Ephesus and he died an old man.
Now in his epistles, First John, Second John, Third John, First John he writes a universal epistle and he writes for this reason: That you can be sure about your salvation. First John chapter 5: ''These things are written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God; in order that you may know that you have eternal life….'' And he wanted his readers to know. And there was a teaching called Gnosticism that was coming into the early church that was causing them to wonder if they really had the real thing. And he was writing First John to help them distinguish between what is true and what is false. Who are the real Christians and who are the false Christians?
And then he writes Second John and he's still talking about this true and ...
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