Fellow Workers for the Truth 3 John
When we partner with those who work for the gospel we become fellow workers for the truth.
Timothy was commissioned by Paul with the weighty responsibility of heading up the church in Ephesus. Paul now shares some personal insights with his young friend. In this chapter he’ll explain a few things that make both a healthy minister and a healthy ministry.
Through the whole OT, especially the Psalms and the Prophets, we see that the nations would eventually worship the God of Israel. But though we get any number of hints about Jesus and God’s desire to reach all nations that they might praise Him, we are never clearly told how this would ever come about. In the NT we finally find this out. Jesus, after his death and resurrection, goes to back heaven, the Holy Spirit comes in His place, and God begins building His church.
Here’s a little encouragement from the book of Hebrews.
On the one hand, the Lord remembers all of your faithful service:
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. ” – Hebrews 6:10 (NKJV)
On the other hand, He has decided to forget all of your sins:
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” – Hebrews 8:12 (NKJV)
And just in case you happen to forget that last fact after reading it once, the same truth (quoted from Jeremiah 31:34) gets repeated just two chapters later.
Then He adds, ‘Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.'” – Hebrews 10:17 (NKJV)
Let’s give the Lord this day much in the way of ministry to remember and nothing in the way of sin to forget!