John stresses the fact that discernment is a task for

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John stresses the fact that discernment is a task for everyone, not just some of them. He weighs this statement to the fact that every person has the Spirit: Thus 1 John 2:27 remarks, “As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need to have anyone teach you. , Burge (2000:n.p.) . John’s purpose in writing this third epistle has three reasons. First, John writes to commend and encourage his beloved co-worker, Gaius, in his ministry of hospitality to the itinerant messengers who were going from place to place to preach the Gospel of Christ. Second, he indirectly warns and condemns the behaviour of one Diotrephes, a dictatorial leader who had taken over one of the churches in the province of Asia, and whose behaviour was directly opposed to all that the apostle and his Gospel stood for. Third, he commends the example of Demetrius who was reported as having a good testimony from all, Houdmann (2014:n.d.) . 3.5. The features common to the first century The features common to the first century letters is all about the layout. All the letters of that specific time had a layout that consisted of both the author and recipients are identified at the beginning of the letter. Thereafter, a prayer or a blessing follows and a concluding greeting which ends off the letter, Burge (2000:n.p.) . 4
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These letters also gives structure to the personal situation and specific references. Interestingly like a personal letter, typical of first century letters, these letters begin with a greeting and then develop from one theme to another. Both letters are associated with the same concern – living in truth. This consists of loving those who accept the family of God and those who are trying to brake the family of God apart. In each case the author warns about destroyers of the community, the theme grounded in concern about division, Burge (2000:n.p.) . 3.6. The reality and requirements of fellowship Knowing God and walking in fellowship are not the same things, but they are parallel in the structure of the verse. John is building a concept here. First he starts off talking about the importance of walking in fellowship, and then the ultimate result is to know God, (Conditions for Fellowship, n.d.:n.p.) . According to Conditions for Fellowship (n.d.:n.p.) , salvation is initiated in faith in Christ alone thereafter we begin a new life in Christ and fellowship with Him. The reality is that we fail, we sin, and fellowship is broken as soon as we sin. Conditions for fellowship in Christ include loving one another as love originates from the Father and we abide in him, Akin (2001:133) . According to Akin (2001:133) , God has not only shown His amazing love to us as His children, but has also given it to us as being part of us and we must also lavish and impart this love onto others. Yet another condition is walking in dependence upon God According to Conditions for Fellowship (n.d.:n.p.) , “the Holy Spirit follows the precedent of the humanity of Jesus Christ.” Christ, as we know was filled by the Holy Spirit, never sinned. This is a good example on how to handle problems and how to lived, from His life.
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