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I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

7 taking nothing. The traveling evangelists and Bible teachers recommended by John to the various churches were evidently called of God to such a ministry, depending on God and God’s people to supply their physical needs. They set a good example for modern preachers, too many of whom plead for money from saved and unsaved alike, thereby giving the cause of Christ a bad name. To maintain the integrity of His Name (meaning all He is and all He represents), Christian leaders today likewise should trust God and His people alone to supply their needs.

8 receive such. John says that other Christians in the churches should “receive” these dedicated servants of the Lord. The word “receive,” as used here, conveys the thought of “underwriting,” or supporting them physically and financially.

9 church. John apparently had written a previous letter to this church, but Diotrephes somehow intercepted it and refused to honor John’s request to help and hear the itinerant Bible teachers, even going so far as to excommunicate those who disagreed with him (III John 10).

9 Diotrephes. “Diotrephes” means “Nourished by Zeus,” and Diotrephes had chosen to keep his pagan name rather than to follow the custom of other Gentile converts and change it to a Christian name. He was evidently only half-converted from paganism, and resisted any teaching from John or other God-called teachers. Nevertheless, he had somehow gotten himself elevated by the congregation to the highest position of power in the church, able even to ignore or reject even the teachings of the Apostle John himself. He loved his position of power and was intent on keeping it. John was hoping he might soon be able to come and deal with the situation personally (III John 10), though his health and age might not allow (but note III John 13 and 14).

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