The Book of 3rd John
Study and Commentary
James Deering, AncientPath.net
THE VISUALIZED TEXT (NASB) (conjunctions & prepositions underlined, words not in original text in italics) (alternate text in purple)
3 John :11
do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.
The one who does good is of God;
the one who does evil has not seen God.
John’s further comments condemn Diotrephes as being evil. Gaius, and the local church by association, is warned not to imitate Diotrephes’ teaching and mannor (what is evil). Then John takes this condemnation one step further and says that "the one who does evil (Diotrephes) has not seen God."
It is in Christ that God is seen, and to see Christ is to become like Him (John 12:45; 14:9; 1 John 3:2)