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MOSHIACH'S LETTER THROUGH THE SHLIACH YOCHANAN TO THE
BRIT CHADASHA KEHILLAH (III)
PEREK ALEPH (CHAPTER ONE)
From the Zaken (Elder, SHEMOT 3:16); To Gaius HaAhuv (the beloved), for whom I have ahavah (agape) b'Emes.
|2| Chaver, it is my tefillah that all may be hatzlocha (successful) with you, and that you may be shalem b'guf (healthy), just as your nefesh (soul) is matsli'ach (successful).
|3| For I had simcha gedola (much joy) when the Achim b'Moshiach arrived [here] and gave edut (testimony) of you being in HaEmes (the Truth), just as your walk is Halicha b'Derech Emes (conduct in the Way of Truth).
|4| I have no greater simcha than this, to hear of my bnei b'Moshiach, that their walk is Halicha b'Derech Emes.
|5| Chaver, you do a thing of emunah (faith) when it is done for the Achim b'Moshiach [engaged in the Shlichus (Divine Mission) of Messianic Kiruv Rechokim itineration in the kehillot], especially when they are people you don't know.
|6| They gave eidus (witness of testimony) to your ahavah (agape) before the kehillah (assembly) [here]; you will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of Hashem.
|7| For, on behalf of Hashem they went forth [in the Shlichus of Moshiach's Kiruv Rechokim], taking nothing from the Goyim.
|8| Therefore, we ought to give hachnosas orchim (hospitality) to such, in order that we may be ozrim (helpers) with HaEmes.
|9| I wrote something to the kehillah [there]; but Diotrephes, who has fallen in love with being "Rosh of the Kehillah," does not receive us.
|10| Oib azoi (consequently), if I come, I will remember his "ma'asim" ("works") which he does, his bringing unjustified charges against us with lashon horah (evil speech). And not being satisfied with performing these "mitzvot", he even refuses to receive the Achim b'Moshiach, and, those intending to do so, he hinders and expels out of the kehillah.
|11| Chaver, do not imitate HaRah (Evil); rather, imitate HaTov (Good). The one doing HaTov is from Hashem. The one doing HaRah has not regarded Hashem.
|12| To Demetrius, eidus (witness of testimony, commendation) has been given by all and, personally, by no less than HaEmes (the Truth); we also give eidus, and you have da'as that our eidus is emes.
|13| I had many things to write to you, but I do not want to write to you with pen and ink.
|14| But I have the tikvah (hope) to see you imminently, and we will speak panim el panim (directly, in person).
|15| Drishat Shalom to you. Drishat Shalom from the Chaverim [here]. Drishat
Shalom by name to each of the Chaverim [there].
THIS IGGERET HAKODESH IS WRITTEN BY MOSHIACH'S SHLIACH YOCHANAN TO GAIUS
WITH THE PRAYER THAT AS GAIUS PROSPERS SPIRITUALLY, HE WILL SUCCEED IN EVERY
ASPECT OF HIS LIFE. IT APPEARS THAT THE SHLIACH YOCHANAN HAD LED GAIUS TO FAITH
IN THE MOSHIACH (SEE VERSE 3-4) AND GAIUS IN TURN HAD SHOWN KINDNESS AND
HACHNOSAS ORCHIM (HOSPITALITY) TO CERTAIN OF MOSHIACH'S TRAVELLING EMISSARIES,
WHO HAD REPORTED GAIUS' GENEROSITY (VERSE 6) BEFORE THE KEHILLAH WHERE THE
SHLIACH YOCHANAN IS NOW, PROBABLY THE SAME KEHILLAH IN ASIA MINOR WHERE YOCHANAN
DID MUCH OF HIS OTHER WRITING. THE PURPOSE OF THE LETTER IS TO COMMEND AN
ITINERANT EMISSARY OF MOSHIACH NAMED DEMETRIUS (VERSE 12). WHEN PLANTING A NEW
MESSIANIC SHUL, THE NON-BELIEVERS IN MOSHIACH ARE NOT TO BE ASKED FOR FINANCIAL
SUPPORT (VERSE 7). THEREFORE, THE MESSIANIC KEHILLOT AND THEIR ZEKENIM ARE TO
OFFER HACHNOSAS ORCHIM AND MATERIAL HELP TO TRAVELLING EMISSARIES OF MOSHIACH
SUCH AS DEMETRIUS. GAIUS IS WARNED TO BEWARE OF THE EXAMPLE OF DIOTREPHES, WHO
ENJOYS TOO MUCH BEING THE PERSON IN CHARGE.