Now John comes to conclude his letter, and does it in very similar fashion to his epistle to the elect lady.  As he did there, he here indicates his preference of speaking face to face, rather than communing only by letter.  Though the written word is of vast importance, there is still on substitute for personal communion.  Ultimately, we may safely conclude that, had there been any other spiritual information or direction needed from John’s pen, the Holy Spirit would have inspired him to continue writing.  But this was not the mind of the Spirit, nor the mind of John, at that time.

He concludes by wishing peace upon the wellbeloved Gaius.  Peace is a fruit of the Gospel, as peace with God comes as a consequence of being justified by faith.  Peace is also a fruit of the Spirit, as Paul informed the Galatians.  And is it not the Holy Spirit Who applies peace to our hearts when we trust in the blood and righteousness of Christ for our reconciliation with God?  This peace is an inestimable gift, which will sustain the believer through the fiercest trials and persecutions, and will carry him ultimately to glory, and a land where perfect peace abounds to all eternity.

Finally, John closes by encouraging mutual salutations.  He himself had highly commended Gaius, and wished him every temporal and spiritual blessing.  His friends, who were of the same mind and spirit, also saluted holy Gaius.  In return, John wished Gaius to greet the friends of the Gospel in his place by name, that they may know they were in the thoughts and prayers of the Lord’s apostle.  This expression of such gracious feeling is very becoming for the apostle who, more than any other, is characterized by the virtue of love.

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