Sinner, thou art dead, but life and health are in Christ! "How much?" We may be certain that whatever the wealth or influence of a truly good man, whose religion is prosperous, will enable him to do, he will lend it all to what, in doing good to others, will do good to himself. You are miserable. 1. THE LIMIT APPENDED: "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.". In Scripture there is courtesy, but it is the courtesy of Christianity. Your soul must never omit its daily exercises: some good work which you have in hand for God, some labour of love. "Many" (as Mr. Baxter observes, who was himself an instance of it) "struggle all their days with pain and sickness, through the folly of their mothers; who breed them up delicately, and deny them nothing which they like and crave, how injurious soever to their health." "He must surely have learned this from Jesus whose concern for people"s physical troubles is attested in all four Gospels.". 2. Surely that man is indeed the richest, who bears within his bosom the treasure of a soul at peace with God, and safe for all eternity! said a gentleman to another with whom he was riding, as they passed a fine mansion and through rich fields. II. Here John wishes health, both physical and spiritual. See Romans 1:10. be in health. This is clear from his making his spiritual prosperity the measure of the desired bodily health and temporal prosperity. ‘ Beloved, I pray that in all things you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.’, He knows that Gaius’ soul prospers. Immediately you see the word prosperity you might connote that it has to do with worldly riches, goods or money. 2. Our Position â 3:1 A. 4. 3. 1. Many may wonder why they are kept so poor here; they don't seem to know that spiritual wealth is essential to the wise and safe handling of material riches. 2. Gaius "walked in the truth," as the only path that leads to the home on high. 4. Or your soul generally seems right. Revelation . It was seen in his growing acquaintance with the truth and his growing conformity to the truth. It is the least worthy of a Christian. The living embodiment of truth. Others, however, think, that by reason of his great liberality to the saints he had actually impoverished himself. Devotional solitude combined with energetic action. 2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. WHAT DOES JOHN TELL US OF THE WORD? “Flavia would be a miracle of piety, if she was but half as careful of her soul as she is of her body. John 3:1-16. 1. No one expects to nourish and build up a robust physical frame on mere condiments and confectionery. Some grow up in unloving, abusive homes where anger flareâ¦ Once more: Take from among a thousand things that might be set forth as sure tests of soul-prosperity — take the forgiveness of injuries. A plant is said to thrive and prosper when it brings forth fruit, a field when it abounds with precious grain, a human body when it is healthy and vigorous and active. John has just said in verse 1 that we are actually the children of God. IV. Health—So that estate, body, and soul, should all prosper alike. These three things, so necessary to the comfort of life, every Christian may in a certain measure expect, and for them every Christian is authorized to pray; and we should have more of all three if we devoutly prayed for them. The common phraseology of life recognises this fact, when we speak, for instance, of "a richly-furnished mind," a mind "rich in intellectual resources," "a rich vein of thought," "an ample fund of information," and the like. 3 John 1:2. 5. Such is the wish of John as expressed to Gaius; and nothing can be more reasonable than this. (1) There is, in no exclusively metaphorical sense, a riches of the soul. This cannot be the meaning, and is not demanded by the proper interpretation of the original. Learn how far secular wealth is desirable. My dear friend. How does His dialectic prosper in your souls? The measure of physical health he desired for him was the measure of spiritual health which he then enjoyed. Just one more test of your prosperity. Genuine brotherly sympathy, which is the utterance of a warm and true heart, is like rich and copious showers of rain that fall upon the scorched and chapped earth, and seem to hasten to run into the many crevices to soften the divided parts and to bring them together again that the many-pieced earth might be healed. In the same way we must walk in the truth by showing our faith in every department of revelation, by bringing it into our practice. He is no more dead to the world: no more delivered from himself: as unwilling to enter into war with himself, and to deny his appetites, as he was twenty years ago. Spiritual prosperity to such is a thing unknown. There is, it will need very little reflection to perceive, a wealth which may be predicated of the inward as well as of the outward life. I am sure you will concur with me when I say that it must be preceded by a state of acceptance with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. THE PRAYER OFFERED IN BEHALF OF GAIUS. Again, true piety will seek the prosperity of the soul above all things. 2. Let us examine, first, what may be at this moment THE SICKNESS OF THE SOUL TO WHICH YOU ARE SUBJECT, and from which you may now be suffering. If the body be disordered by pain and sickness, the soul cannot act by it with ease, freedom, and cheerfulness. And all the prosperities of the soul point to prayer. Wealth is a wonderful power; and in the hands of a wise man it is a great boon both to himself and to others. What a year! Greek. He says, ânowââright now in the present, âwe are children of God.â That is our current position, and it ought to dominate every aspect of our daily lives. 6. 287: ), and prosperity and health were not the summa bona in the Apostle’s estimation. Yet what a plague lieth on men's souls, and few apprehend the half of its malignity and danger! 1. III. Why does he repeat it again in verse 2? You think that all is right; that you will be better to-morrow: that's consumption! This is necessary to the enjoyment of prosperity. What transformations in health! It is that in all things he may be prospered, and be in health. B. Whatever were the details of the split â â¦ Continue reading "Commentary on 1 John 3:1-3" You have money to buy books and you have time to read books. When the pulse of the soul is feeble and the moral tone low, a man soon succumbs to moral taint. 5. 5. Their integrity, their transparent honesty, their pure motives, and their faithfulness in all they attempt to do, is what makes the world what it is — a place worth living in. 4. When outward riches are more than proportionate to his godliness and grace, they are a curse to their possessor. 2. All the worldly wealth which a man possesses which is more than proportionate to the wealth of his soul, he will do well to get rid of at once, or by Divine grace bring the wealth of his soul into proportion with it. Law, Ser. If an instrument be out of tune, the most skilful hand can produce no harmony. "That thou mayest prosper." He existed in the beginning. We have no right, however, to involve ourselves in any situation or engage in any pursuit where the atmosphere of prayer cannot reach us. "And be in health." Mankind are losers when a selfish man prospers; they are gainers by the prosperity of the generous and liberal-minded. Many now diseased and feeble would become sound and vigorous. 2. A dear friend of John, whom he prayed would prosper physically as well as he did spiritually - 3Jn 1-2 2. This taken several times a day, in a draught of the tears of repentance, is a sure cure. In his case, love was not a weak sentiment, an effervescence merely, but a strong and rational passion of the soul. 3. â 3 John 1:2 âº Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers. But inwardly you are getting weaker and weaker; you do not know it — you scarcely feel it. 3. 1 John 3:1-3 We Shall See God The Rev. I. NICODEMUS WAS CONFUSED - Vss. What would all else be without it? When a diver goes down into the sea he takes full care to be supplied with a sufficient amount of pure air from above. 5. It is very short, but it is very comprehensive. | 475 views. The time will come when the richest must abandon his wealth for ever. Their souls are ill lodged; and the tabernacles in which they dwell do not appear to suit the dignity and worth of the inhabitants. If all Christians would live in the spirit of this prayer, how every interest of religion would prosper! Thus we see in this prayer of John, not only benevolence, but comprehensiveness and discrimination; we see in it also intensity. 3 John 1:2 Parallel Verses [â See commentary â] 3 John 1:2, NIV: "Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." PERFECT SOUL HEALTH IS THE BEST SAFEGUARD AGAINST THE FORCE OF TEMPTATION. He exerciseth His servants with this painful discipline, to make their hearts better, to quicken their diligence and excite their sympathy and concern for the good of others. If we do not love the brethren, there is something wrong with us. NICODEMUS WAS CHALLENGED - Vss. 1-2. We are startled at this wish: the spiritual health of Gaius is made the standard of his outward prosperity! Yet of all mere temporal blessings, health stands as that most valuable; for without it, we can neither labour for God, nor enjoy the good with which he favours us. Why We Should Pray Like the Puritans (Even if We Donât Sound Like Them) 2. Even As Your Soul Prospers [Healing] The Mind-Body Connection. 1. Vs. 14. [Note: See Yarbrough, p367.]. 4. The truth as it is in Jesus saves the soul. The vital spring of spiritual prosperity is found in the presence and mighty operations of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 44:3, 4; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Ezekiel 37:14). Trouble tests character. is the standard of the prosperity, and the other prosperities are measured up to it. See more ideas about christian life, traveling teacher, bible verses. Now, honestly, do the books about God, and about the soul and God, make you uncomfortable? This is a rule most sifting in its operation, a rule that tries to the very uttermost the spirit of prayer as well as the confidence of our hearts in God. 1. "I don't know what it is valued at; I know what it cost its late possessor." Or, you have no religious feelings at all; you are neither happy nor unhappy. Or you have run down to the opposite extreme; every feather is a burden, every shadow distresses you. Perhaps Gaius himself needed this assurance of his spiritual prosperity. "The truth" is the great revelation of the gospel concerning the way of salvation by Christ crucified for sinners. 2. They are a fountain spring, whence well forth love, benevolence, active well-doing, and the end is eternal life and glory. [Some think this implies that Gaius’ health was being drained by his problems with Diotrephes.]. The first and all-important and sure remedy is to go at once to the Good and Great Physician Himself; He can and He will cure all. It arises not so much from the presence of disease germs without, but susceptibility of tissue that provides soil for their ready growth. It was usual to wish health as a greeting. However, there is nothing else in the Johannine corpus to indicate that this is what John meant, and there is little support elsewhere in Scripture. This is sometimes owing to disorders conveyed to them from their parents. The external manifestation of his piety. 3 John 2 New King James Version (NKJV). COMPENSATION. 3 John . 4. Where that is enjoyed, we can discharge those active services which our several relations and connections demand, and can enjoy the bounties of providence with relish and pleasure. Exercise yourself unto godliness. To those who have temporal, but no spiritual prosperity. For better or worse, the families into which we are born have a huge impact on how we grow up and live. "Know thyself," was the holiest and most urgent of the holy texts of his god to Socrates. II. II. 1. 2. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. Genuine Ministry Life Series. A difficulty in breathing. Sermon 1 John 3:1-3 We Shall See God. Though his body was afflicted, his soul was in health and prospered. The apostle expresses a wish for the bodily health of his friend. He is universally esteemed a prosperous man in his outward circumstances who is advancing or has risen from comparative lowliness and obscurity to a position of eminence and influence in society. As a matter of fact, do you ever open, and of your own accord and liking, such a book from one year's end to the other? 3 John 1:1-14 I want to try to share with you the message I believe God has for us in this brief little letter. Jones, Peter Rhea, Smyth & Helwys Biblical Commentary, 1, 2 & 3 John (Macon, Georgia: Smyth & Helwys Publishing Company, 2009) Kruse, Colin G., The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Letters of John (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000) A solemn pause followed this brief answer. Labour for God. It is not a mere metaphor, for instance, when, in common language, we say that the profligate man is "the slave of his appetites.". - W.J. Lukewarmness is an ill sign. Creation, Fall, Redemption, and the Holy Spirit. Mark A. Copeland Sermons From Third John 5 a. Self-promoter -- he strove to be first - 3 Jn 9a b. Insubordinate -- he would not receive the [authority of] apostles - 3 Jn 9b c. Slanderous -- He spoke nonsense, and slandered - 3 Jn 10a d. I. But this prayer, whilst it is concerned about temporal prosperity, contains one peculiarity; it is — that this prosperity and this health may be in proportion to the prosperity of the soul. Alford, in all respects. They are ever in religious childhood. Spiritual Prosperity. The theme of this Letter is to praise Gaius for his good work and to urge hospitality. The second element of prosperity which the good man would desire would probably be a tranquil, easy flow of his affairs, without great difficulties, great successes, or great reverses. 1. An ungovernable craving for unhealthy things. 1 John Download The Bible Project's Read Scripture video on the letters of John, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Now, to this also there is a parallel in the inward life. This verse is similar to many passages where the grace of God is wished for the disciples. Much of the comfort of life depends upon health. 2. John MacArthur on 1, 2 & 3 John. 4, 9 . John felt keenly for Gaius in his affliction. 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