The Problem of Sin, 3 John 1:11
At the end of his life, the disciple of John wrote to Gaius, a fellow believer, to compliment, encourage and warn. The warning was beware of those who refuse to follow God. There is this little problem of sin. Yes, some attempt to live and advance the position that sin just doesn’t exist and everything goes. Many claim they have the answer, just listen to them. This is John’s warning. Don’t listen to them, don’t imitate them. Life without Jesus leaves sin which brings emptiness, worry and sorrow.
Our inner self knows that action without responsibility just doesn’t make sense. So where is the source of truth and justice? Where do we find the answer to this question of what gives us joy and overcomes our fears. “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory….” 1 Cor. 15:57 Where is that God? God is here, now and forever and His eternal love through Christ guides us, leads us and always is and will be with us. John writes, “Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.” 3 John 1:11
Question: Who is Gaius that John writes to in 3John?
Answer: The Epistle of 3 John is written to a man named Gaius who was a member of an unnamed church that John had the oversight of (3 John 1:1). John calls this man a “dear friend” (verses 1, 2, and 11). Gaius is commended for his hospitality to traveling preachers of the gospel (verses 5, 6 and 8); for his faithfulness (verse 5); for his love (verse 6); and for his walking in the truth (verse 3). According to tradition this Gaius may be the one whom John appointed as bishop of Pergamum.