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Verses of 3 John 1

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3 John 1:12 Commentary - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

The Character of Demetrius; Conclusion and Salutation.

A. D. 90.

      12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.   13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:   14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

      Here we have, I. The character of another person, one Demetrius, not much known otherwise. But here his name will live. A name in the gospel, a fame in the churches, is better than that of sons and daughters. His character was his commendation. His commendation was, 1. General: Demetrius has a good report of all men. Few are well spoken of by all; and sometimes it is ill to be so. But universal integrity and goodness are the way to (and sometimes obtain) universal applause. 2. Deserved and well founded: And of the truth itself, v. 12. Some have a good report, but not of the truth itself. Happy are those whose spirit and conduct commend them before God and men. 3. Confirmed by the apostle's and his friends' testimony: Yea, and we also bear record; and that with an appeal to Gaius's own knowledge: And you (you and your friends) know that our record is true. Probably this Demetrius was known to the church where the apostle now resided, and to that where Gaius was. It is good to be well known, or known for good. We must be ready to bear our testimony to those who are good: it is well for those who are commended when those who commend them can appeal to the consciences of those who know them most.

      II. The conclusion of the epistle, in which we may observe, 1. The referring of some things to personal interview: I have many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen, but I trust I shall shortly see thee,3Jn 1:13; 3Jn 1:14. Many things may be more proper for immediate communication than for letter. A little personal conference may spare the time, trouble, and charge, of many letters; and good Christians may well be glad to see one another. 2. The benediction: Peace be to you; all felicity attend you. Those that are good and happy themselves wish others so too. 3. The public salutation sent to Gaius: Our friends salute thee. A friend to the propagation of religion deserves a common remembrance. And these pious persons show their friendship to religion as well as to Gaius. 4. The apostle's particular salutation of the Christians in Gaius's church or vicinity: Greet thy friends by name. I doubt they were not very many who must be so personally saluted. But we must learn humility as well as love. The lowest in the church of Christ should be greeted. And those may well salute and greet one another on earth who hope to live together in heaven. And the apostle who had lain in Christ's bosom lays Christ's friends in his heart.

Verses of 3 John 1

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3 John 1:12 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

3 John 1:12 - The Greek Testament

3 John 1:12 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

3 John 1:12 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

3 John 1:12 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

3 John 1:12 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

3 John 1:12 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

3 John 1:12 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

3 John 1:12 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

3 John 1:12 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

3 John 1:12 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

3 John 1:12 - Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

3 John 1:12 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

3 John 1:12 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

3 John 1:12 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

3 John 1:12 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

3 John 1:12 - Gnomon of the New Testament

3 John 1:12 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

3 John 1:12 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

3 John 1:12 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

3 John 1:12 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

3 John 1:12 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

3 John 1:12 - Expositions Of Holy Scripture by Alexander MacLaren

3 John 1:12 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

3 John 1:12 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

3 John 1:12 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

3 John 1:12 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

3 John 1:12 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

3 John 1:12 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

3 John 1:12 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

3 John 1:12 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

3 John 1:12 - Combined Bible Commentary

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