Nothing but the Truth
Intro: John uses the word truth or true seven times in just fourteen verses.
This short book contains John’s greetings and comments to three separate individuals.
- Gaius is complimented for his Hospitality – vs. 2
- Diotrephes is criticized for his Hostility – vs. 9, 10
- Demetrius is commended for his Honesty – vs. 12
John the Beloved was stickler for TRUTH.
In the Gospel of John, he used the word TRUTH 22 times; TRUE is mentioned 19 times.
- John 19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
- John 21:24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
In the Epistles of 1, 2 and 3 John, he used the word TRUTH 18 times; he mentioned LIAR 5 times;
He said things like this:
- 1 John 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
Tonight, I want to focus on the emphasis placed on TRUTH in this epistle.
John placed a lot of emphasis on the TRUTH in this short chapter.
Let’s look at how important it is to pursue the truth and nothing but the truth!
We should pursue Nothing but the Truth…
I. In Our Companionships – vs. 1 …whom I love in the truth.
For John, the common bond between him and Gaius was the truth.
John referred to himself as “the elder” (vs. 1) and to Gaius as “the wellbeloved.”
This tells me that John had a special bond with Gaius.
They shared a common love for the truth.
Make sure you choose friends that share a common respect and love for the truth.
Notice what the Psalmist said about that:
- Psalms 31:6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.
- Psalms 101:7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
- Psalms 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
If you have friends that lie, twist facts, distort the truth and deceive, you will either be their partner or their victim.
II. In Our Character – vs. 3 …the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee
Gaius had a testimony of the truth THAT IS IN THEE.
John had already acknowledged that his “soul prospereth.”
We sing a song, “It is Well With My Soul.”
His soul prospered because he had allowed the TRUTH to penetrate his heart and soul.
Our natural state is a deceitful heart. “Deceitfully wicked above all things, and desperately wicked.”
- Psalms 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
- Psalms 15:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
- Psalms 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
III. In Our Conduct – vs. 3, 4 …walkest in the truth; hear that my children walk in truth.
Having truth within you will produce a walk that matches it.
- Psalms 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
- Psalms 26:3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
Gaius didn’t just know the truth; he walked in the truth.
There’s a lot of people that know the truth but they don’t obey it.
For John, it brought him great joy to see a man that had the truth IN him and also walked in the truth.
IV. In Our Co-laboring – vs. 8 …fellowhelpers to the truth
Gaius had a testimony of serving God and serving others. vs. 5
His charity for others had been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt before the church.
The phrase “forward in their journey” speaks of his love for missionaries and those in ministry.
This was the kind of person Gaius wanted to partner with; work with; labor with.
I John 3
- 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
- 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
Gaius served those whose mission was the furtherance of Christ’s name – vs. 7
He wanted to be a blessing to those that were not in it for the money. – vs. 7b
This prompted John to commend him and encourage Gaius to continue to love and labor with him.
It should be our desire to find those that preach truth, live truth and promote truth and labor with them.
V. In Our Commendation – vs. 12 …Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself:
Not only did he have a good report of all men, but the Bible says he had a good report of the truth itself.
But not only did all men commend Demetrius, the TRUTH ITSELF commended him.
What a statement!
John was so convinced of Demetrius’ good testimony, that he vouched for him personally.
John the Beloved personally recommended Demetrius. What a blessing!
He wasn’t receiving a commendation for his abilities, or his knowledge, or his skills.
He was commended for his good report of the truth.