eutheos. I hope (ελπιζω — elpizō) - We shall speak (λαλησομεν — lalēsomen). Note; They who devote themselves to the ministry, foregoing all worldly pursuits for the love of Christ and immortal souls, deserve every kindness at our hands that we can shew them. They are doubly wicked, who neither will do good themselves, nor suffer those to do it, who are willing. Peace be to thee; prosperity of every kind attend thee in body and soul. I shall, &c. = to see (App-133.) Let us follow the example of Gaius - the hospitable Christian; the large-hearted philanthropist; the friend of the stranger; the helper of those who were engaged in the cause of the Lord - a man who opened his heart and his house to welcome them when driven out and disowned by others. Let us imitate Demetrius, in obtaining a good report of those who know us; in so living that, if the aged apostle John were still on earth, we might be worthy of his commendation, and more than all, of the approbation of that gracious Saviour before whom these good men have long since gone, and in whose presence we also must soon appear. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Had they known what His earlier words meant, they would have had other than temporal and local thoughts of the Father’s house, and would have known Him to be the Way. salute. 14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. {See Trapp on "James 4:15"}. No one can properly estimate the evil which one such man can do, nor the calamity which comes upon a church when such a man places himself at its head. And yet the epistle contains many excellent sentiments, which, if judiciously handled, might be very useful to the Church of God. That, under a faithful ministry, and with the Divine blessing, will not be long; always for the gospel, when it secures a hold in a community, makes men feel that it confers infinitely more blessings than it takes away, and that, even in a pecuniary point of view, it contributes more by far than it takes. In this cause, and with this spirit, the apostles spent their lives. This and the epistle of James are the only epistles which are concluded without the word "Amen". This denotes a personal recognition of the faithful messengers who are coming to see the congregation. They often go among people as little able and disposed to build churches and school-houses as the pagan are. Salute the friends by name — That is, in the same manner as if I had named them one by one. General Search for 'John 1:14' within 'New American Standard Version' on StudyLight.org Greet the friends with thee by name, presenting to each my most affectionate remembrances. John 3:16-19. In a friendly letter, mention of "friends" appropriately occurs. And, though there be no prospect of any requital from them, God will open to them his celestial treasure, and they shall be recompensed in the resurrection of the just. No man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Greet the friends by name - That is, each one individually. Compare Romans 16:3-23. σι φυλάττειν πρόβατα, αὐτὸς κατεσθίων. When a friend learns this of a distant friend; when a pastor learns this of his people from whom be may be for a time separated; when those who have been instrumental in converting others learn this of their spiritual children; when a parent learns it of a son or daughter separated from him; when a teacher learns it of those who were formerly under his care, there is no joy that goes more directly to the heart than this - nothing that fills the soul with more true thankfulness and peace. Simon Peter ; John 1:43 The First Disciples: III. I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee; but I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face, when I can more fully communicate all my mind. (2.) The most modest, humble, devoted, and zealous men, under a charge of heresy, or of some slight aberration from the formulas of doctrine, may be cast out as unworthy to be recognized as ministers of the gospel, or even as unworthy to have a place at the table of the Lord. The decisions of a church, under some proud and ambitious partisan leader, are often eminently unjust and harsh. 1 Corinthians 16:19, 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12, 2 Corinthians 13:13. Salute the friends by name. The end of the Third catholic Epistle of St John. But it has been the lot both of the minor prophets and the minor epistles to be generally neglected; for with many readers bulk is every thing; and, no magnitude no goodness. He that doeth good, is of God, proves that he is born of him, and partakes of his Spirit: but he that doeth evil, hath not seen God; whatever pretensions of religion he may make, he is destitute of all experimental knowledge of divine things. It is not common that in their spiritual interests they are so much more prosperous than they are in other respects, that we can make that the standard of our wishes in regard to them, but it sometimes does occur, as in the case of Gaius. To build a booth, tent, or temporary hut, for present shelter or convenience; and does not properly signify a lasting habitation or dwelling place; and is therefore fitly applied to the human nature of Christ, which, like the tabernacle of old, was to be here only for a temporary residence for the eternal Divinity. If we are satisfied that a man is a Christian, we should receive him as such, however he may be regarded by others; nor should we hesitate to help him forward in his Christian course, or in any way to assist him to do good. (9) finally, let us learn from the examples commended in this brief Epistle, to do good. It is the teaching of the text here that, "The salutation was to be given to each individual separately."[44]. and Vatican. The usual friendly salation from friends, just another affectionate title from the mind of the loving John. (2.) Philosophers are mistaken in supposing that friendship is not prepared (formed) by faith.— κατʼ ὄνομα, by name) No less than if their names were written.(1). John expects to visit Gaius soon. The friends salute thee ... salute the friends by name ... —Says Bengel, “just as if their names were written.” But as John knew the Church only by occasional visitations, and is writing only a private letter, he sends greeting not to the Church generally, but only to the special. Friends. The welfare of the soul is indeed the great object, and the first desire in regard to a friend should be that his salvation may be secured; but in connection with that we may properly wish them health of body, and success in their lawful undertakings. Alex. They go as strangers. They had, doubtless, their warm personal friends in both places. Here, as in the close of so many epistles, the word aspazomai is translated by two different English words in successive verses or even in the same verse. - Syriac Philoxenian. As John 1:14 is parallel to John 1:1-5, so this verse is parallel to John 1:6-8, but with an advance of thought. This is the Hebrew style of greeting (, This is a personal letter. John 1:14-18. thee, &c. shortly. We seldom hear this epistle quoted but in the reproof of lordly tyrants, or prating troublesome fellows in the Church. 3. The tremendous importance of this letter is seen in the fact that it deals with the prime sin of the ages, the seeking and the grasping on the part of evil men for the control levers of God's church on earth. They go to those who do not believe the truth of the gospel; who are attached to their own superstitions; who contribute largely to the support of their own temples, and altars, and priesthood; who are, as yet, incapable of appreciating the value of a purer religion; who have no desire for it, and who are disposed to reject it. So John felt it to be the duty of the church in regard to those who went forth in his time; and so, when the church, under the influence of Diotrephes, had refused to do it, he commended Gaius for performing that duty, 3 John 1:6, 3 John 1:8. By this means He took our sins away from us, Himself becoming our sin-offering (2 Corinthians 5:21). Our Saviour ordained the twelve to be always with him, that they might learn from his mouth the doctrine which they were in due time to preach to the world;—that they might see his glory, John 1:14 the transcendent glory of the virtues which adorned his human life, and might be witnesses to all the wonderful works which he should perform, (Acts 10:39-41.) - Codd. To write such things as these to Christian friends, as occasions offer, is very useful: but how much more delightful and advantageous is it to converse freely together about them! The friends salute thee ... salute the friends by name ... "By name" as used here is found nowhere else in the New Testament, except in John 10:5; and many have found in this "an echo of the Good Shepherd's calling his own sheep by name, an example for under-shepherds,"[43] and a good closing note for this letter. 2: , , , , . Peace - inward of conscience; fraternal of friendship; supernal of glory (Lyra). Our friends salute thee. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do. The end of the epistles of the pure Apostle and Evangelist John. By name - no less than if their names were written (Bengel). He testifies the satisfaction that he felt in the report which he had heard. They are as likely to be charged with being actuated by mercenary motives, if they ask for support, as missionaries among the pagan are. The human nature in Him dying, by that death He expiated the sins of human persons (Isaiah 53:5-6). John may have made regular tours to the churches of the area. - A. C. But I trust I shall shortly see thee … - Notes at 2 John 1:12. John 1:14. Lamentations 1:14 - 'The yoke of my transgressions is bound; By His hand they are knit together. [44] Charles C. Ryrie, Wycliffe Bible Commentary, New Testament (Chicago: Moody Press, 1971), p. 1038. (John 1:14) Greet the friends by name. So in John 1:14 ho Logos sarx egeneto “the Word became flesh,” not “the flesh became Word.” Luther argues that here John disposes of Arianism also because the Logos was eternally God, fellowship of Father and Son, what Origen called the Eternal Generation of the Son (each necessary to the other). He remembered them as individuals, but did not deem it proper to specify them. Greet the friends by name. The Third Epistle of John the apostle is ended. To this meaning of the word, which is a common one in the best Greek writers, the evangelist might allude, to point out Christ's associating his disciples with himself; living, conversing, eating, and drinking with them: so that, while they had the fullest proof of his Divinity by the miracles which he wrought, they had the clearest evidence of his humanity, by his tabernacling among, eating, drinking, and conversing with them. (7) we may see, from this Epistle, the evil of having one troublesome man in the church, 3 John 1:10. - Ditto, Greek text. 14.By name—Says Bengel, “just as if their names were written.” But as John knew the Church only by occasional visitations, and is writing only a private letter, he sends greeting not to the Church generally, but only to the special friends whom Gaius well knew, and to whom he would show this epistle. (2) it is an unspeakable pleasure to a Christian to learn that his friends are living and acting as becomes sincere Christians; that they love what is true, and abound in the duties of hospitality charity, and benevolence, 3 John 1:3-6. Such a man, by his talents, his address, his superior learning, his wealth, or by his arrogance, pride, and self-confidence, may control a church, and effectually hinder its promoting the work of religion. Our friends salute thee - That is, your friends and mine. And the Speech was made flesh. [Chapter and verse divisions date from the sixteenth century. 1 Peter 5:13, 1 Peter 5:14. Our own religious privileges now we owe to the fact that in former times there were those who were willing to “go forth taking nothing of the Gentiles,” devoting themselves, without hope of reward or fame, to the business of making known the name of the Saviour in what were then the dark places of the earth. they should value it enough to minister to their needs while there; if they regard it as the duty of any of their number to leave their comfortable homes in a Christian land in order to preach to the pagan, they should feel that those who go make far greater sacrifices than those who contribute to their support. 4. In fact, only an eyewitness would be able to give such clear particulars as "about the tenth hour" ( John 1:39 ), "six water pots of stone" ( John 2:6 ) and "153 great fishes" ( John 21:11 ). 14. but I hope shortly to see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Greek. The Vulgate Latin version reads, "the friends": the members in general; and the Alexandrian copy reads, "the brethren"; and the Syriac version, our brethren: and then the epistle is closed thus. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good; let no height of station or office lead you to copy a bad man, but ever imitate the excellent and the generous. He concludes with the usual Christian salutations. Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges. Hitherto prayer … Beloved, I wish above all things, that thou mayest prosper, and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth; and may your success in all temporal things, and your bodily health, bear pace with your spiritual prosperity. But how should proud, insolent imposers upon churches, and malicious revilers of the uncorrupted gospel and its faithful preachers, be detested, exposed, and censured, as open enemies to it and them, and as injurious and domineering lords over God's heritage, who will neither do good themselves, nor suffer others to do it that would! 1. Nothing is more obvious, therefore, than that those who have the gospel, and who have learned to prize and value it in some measure is it should be, should contribute to the support of those who go to convey its blessings to others, until those to whom they go shall so learn to prize it as to be able and willing to maintain it. John 1:23 - He said, 'I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord ,' as Isaiah the prophet said.' A title seldom found in the New Testament, since it is absorbed by the greater one of brotherhood. and by which his mission from God was to … - Latin text of the Complutensian. Speak face to face; otoma prov stoma, viz. Ignat., ad Smyrn., xiii. by name — not less than if their names were written [Bengel]. 15 John testifies concerning him. We therefore, who wish well to that service, and whom God hath blessed with ability, ought to receive such, and afford them a comfortable maintenance; that we might be fellow-helpers to the truth, and, though not ordained to be preachers, may hereby receive a preacher's reward. As in 2 John 1:12. For God so loved the world, &c. — Here our Lord proceeds to inform Nicodemus, that men owed the blessings above mentioned to the free and immense love of God the Father, who desired their salvation with such ardency, that he sent his only-begotten Son to bestow it upon them; and that it is designed for all that will accept of it in the way God hath appointed. This would seem rather to refer to private friends of John and Gaius than to Christians as such. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Most Greek texts divide a, th verse, as the TEV has done.] ... 1-14) 14:1 MhV tarassevsqw The same verb is used to describe Jesus’ own state in 11:33, 12:27, and 13:21. May all religious affection be ever preserved among true believers, and mutual sincere wishes of every kind of happiness, both temporal and spiritual, be cultivated between them, with cordial friendship one towards another! No book related resources for this page. With this huge step of becoming flesh, we see that Jesus willingly sets aside His divine rights. John 14:1 - 'Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 3. He became man (John 1:14). They have come upon my neck; He has made my strength fail. 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