Fellow Workers for the Truth
3 John 5-8
This text shows how and why local churches should support Christian missionaries.
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Published December 19th, 2019
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3 John 5-8
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We ought to practically support gospel missionaries in order to be gospel coworkers with them.
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Beloved, [just as] it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for e these brothers ,
Ἀγαπητέ, πιστὸν ποιεῖς ὃ ἐὰν ἐργάσῃ εἰς τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς
f[ [that is] strangers as they are,
καὶ τοῦτο ξένους,
who [also] testified to your love before the church.
οἳ ἐμαρτύρησάν σου τῇ ἀγάπῃ ἐνώπιον ἐκκλησίας,
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You will [likewise] do well to send them on their journey
οὓς καλῶς ποιήσεις προπέμψας
in a manner g worthy of God.
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For they have gone out for the sake of h the name ,
ὑπὲρ γὰρ τοῦ ὀνόματος ἐξῆλθον
i [in such a manner as] accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
μηδὲν λαμβάνοντες ἀπὸ τῶν ἐθνικῶν.
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Therefore we ought to support people like these ,
ἡμεῖς οὖν ὀφείλομεν ὑπολαμβάνειν τοὺς τοιούτους,
that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
ἵνα συνεργοὶ γινώμεθα τῇ ἀληθείᾳ.
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I chose comparison here, because it seems the author is exhorting his reader to send off these missionaries in a way that is comparable to his recent good treatment of them.
6a-b is the particular instruction, 8a-b is the universal application.
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3 John 5-8
Support and Opposition 5 Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for e these brothers, f strangers as they are, 6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner g worthy of God. 7 For they have gone out for the sake of h the name, i accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
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