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3 John 1:8

ESV Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
NIV We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
NASB Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may prove to be fellow workers with the truth.
CSB Therefore, we ought to support such people so that we can be coworkers with the truth.
NLT So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.
KJV We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

What does 3 John 1:8 mean?

These traveling teachers served Christ and depended on others for their support (3 John 1:7). So, they deserved the assistance of fellow Christians. However, 2 John 1:10–11 warns against giving this backing to false teachers. Supplying a person's work means endorsing their message—giving that support to ungodly teachers is damaging to the spread of the gospel. Actively opposing a false teacher may be difficult, for some believers, but it is relatively simple to withhold support. On the other hand, aiding true missionaries makes us "fellow workers with the truth." Our help makes us partners with them in spreading the gospel and biblical teachings. This application continues today; missionaries depend on the generosity of many believers to help them take the Christian message into new and difficult contexts.
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