Gaius, an exemplary Christian, has already aided itinerant preachers (v. 6
). To love in the truth is to love as a Christian.
In 2 Jn. 4
the phrase living by the truth means obedience to God.
The writer recommends Demetrius (v. 12
) and his associates to Gaius' care as our fellow-Christians.
Diotrephes is not heretical but he is a foe of the Elder, overambitious, unjust, and uncharitable.
The Christian well-doer is called a child of God in 1 Jn. 3.9
See 2 Jn. 12–13
. The note ends with a wish of peace, the sum total of all Christ's blessings.
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