However 3 John 2 gives three dimensions of wealth; bodily prosperity, soul prosperity and spiritual prosperity. Vss. If we believe the truth we cannot but love it, because it is so glorious in itself and so suitable to us; and if we walk in the truth, we must love it more and more, as we discover by increasing experience new beauties and excellences. Ð¾Ð¼ Ð¿Ð¾Ñ Ð²Ð°Ð»Ñ Ð´ÑÑ Ð¾Ð²Ð½Ð¾Ð¼Ñ ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ½Ð¸Ñ ÐÐ°Ð¸Ñ. If we are rooted and grounded in doctrinal truth by the Holy Spirit, we shall give a living manifestation of that in our practical godliness. My dear friend. 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. Have you been any better of what you have heard about prayer this last year? 3. To those who have no prosperity, neither temporal nor spiritual. Revelation . 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. Has Christ's cross-examination taken you down at all among the motives that move you in all you think, and say, and do? II. 1 Peter 4:8). "I don't know what it is valued at; I know what it cost its late possessor." It does not come into the soul. What would all else be without it? The state of the body exercises a great influence upon the mind and soul. It needs great strength and prosperity of soul to behave well, amidst wearisome days and nights, and months of vanity. I. Now, if we believe this truth, we cannot but walk in it, and love God as our best friend, and we will feel that He is entitled to all the service that we are able to render; for we are not our own, but are bought with the mighty price of the blood of His Son. The rich, gay, happy, outward life, and the dark moral antithesis within! Just as a Christian grows in true spiritual prosperity will he have less care about what men say of him, and more anxiety that God should think well of him. But have you never felt that no sight is so truly melancholy as the unnatural brightness in the eye, or the glow that often gathers on consumption's cheek, the more beautiful as the end draweth near? IV. Just before he died, he said, "My prosperity has been my ruin." Or John may have had in mind that those who provide for others will find themselves provided for. Further, Gaius possessed charity. 1. Therefore it is reasonable and proper that we should pray to that God who raised this curious frame and hath all nature under His control, that we may prosper and be in health. Another sign of this true spiritual prosperity and progress is more entire acquiescence in God's will. It is not a mere metaphor, for instance, when, in common language, we say that the profligate man is "the slave of his appetites.". In good health. Some see in this verse support of the view that God wants all believers to prosper physically and financially as well as spiritually. 3, 5-8 . Food may be received into the system, but the body is not nourished and strengthened unless its various faculties are brought into suitable exercise. And such a prosperity as this is what we may wish for ourselves and for our friends. Alford, in all respects. 1-2. He walked in the truth — he was a fellow-helper of the truth — he was beloved for the truth's sake. THE APOSTLE PRAYS THAT HIS FRIEND GAIUS MAY HAVE TEMPORAL PROSPERITY AND PHYSICAL HEALTH. But inwardly you are getting weaker and weaker; you do not know it — you scarcely feel it. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. It can be separated from him. 4. A soul, on which the image of Christ is impressed, is a thing precious everywhere, and for ever; it has not, like man's wealth, a different value in different countries and at different times; it will pass current everywhere — it is free of the universe. We are startled at this wish: the spiritual health of Gaius is made the standard of his outward prosperity! John calls followers of Jesus to share in God's own life and love by devoting themselves to loving one another. And that wish that looks on man and regards him as the subject simply of this world, is a very imperfect one. It arises not so much from the presence of disease germs without, but susceptibility of tissue that provides soil for their ready growth. 3. As a citizen of the world, and as a member of Christ's Church, his entire conduct was influenced by what he believed and professed. 1. Note first the measure of health which, in a physical and in other points of view, St. John craved for him to whom he wrote. A general lethargy: unwillingness for holy service, want of heart, etc. This is sometimes owing to disorders conveyed to them from their parents. Old Testament. 1 John 1:7). What would be the result if such a prayer were answered? Yuri Gargarin, a Russian cosmonaut, was the first man in space. But if soul prosperity is necessary to render them safe to the individual himself, it is equally necessary to render his health and prosperity a blessing to others. Half the worries and vexations which afflict many Christians would disappear if they were more active for their master, "working with both hands earnestly" for His cause. MP3s by Chapter. In his case, love was not a weak sentiment, an effervescence merely, but a strong and rational passion of the soul. I know you are prospering in your soul. III. what an exaltation this gives to spiritual things above all temporal affairs! And if we hope for His interposition, it should be our care to avoid everything that would injure the health, and to take proper methods to restore and confirm it, when it is impaired. Every one who desires to be blessed with soul prosperity must be intimately acquainted with it likewise. and what all your enemies rejoice over and laugh at? "He must surely have learned this from Jesus whose concern for people"s physical troubles is attested in all four Gospels." 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? This is clear from his making his spiritual prosperity the measure of the desired bodily health and temporal prosperity. At any rate the situation of this Gaius was such as to call for the prayer of the Apostle John that he might again be prospered. Prosper - in general. Barbara Hughes. I wish you similar prosperity in your body. 1. "The words of the apostle seem to imply," says Dr. Binney," that the health of Gains was somewhat enfeebled. prosper. 3. GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. 10-13 . it would be to you, if you discovered for yourself, this year, something of the power, and the joy, and the sweetness of secret prayer. 10), to which the wish refers. II. Dwell near to God's all-sufficiency. For, obviously, wealth, power, influence, all outward advantages, are just so many means of doing good or evil put into a man's hands; and whether such advantages shall be for the benefit or injury of mankind, depends on the inward character of him to whom they are intrusted. Learn how far secular wealth is desirable. Jude . 3 John 1:1. From the expression of this desire in so brief a letter, we may infer that St. John regarded these things as of great importance. "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." 3. I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. But Philo never thinks how wonderful it is that a man who knows regeneration to be the whole world should yet content himself with books upon the new birth, instead of being born again himself. IV. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper, &c.] Or succeed in all temporal affairs, in the business of life, in which he was; and as success of this sort depends upon the blessing of God, which maketh rich, it is to be wished and prayed for from him: 5. 2. Labour for God. 2. Gaius believed the truth, and every one who desires soul prosperity must believe it too. Philo will ride you forty miles in winter to have a conversation about spiritual books, or to see a collection larger than his own. The sense is, “In every respect, I wish that it may go as well with you as it does with your soul; that in your worldly prosperity, your comfort, and your bodily health, you may be as prosperous as you are in your religion.” This is the reverse of the wish which we are commonly constrained to express for our friends; for such is usually the comparative want of prosperity and advancement in their spiritual interests, that it is an expression of benevolence to desire that they might prosper in that respect as much as they do in others. The latter use is epic (e.g., Horn. [Some think this implies that Gaius’ health was being drained by his problems with Diotrephes.]. II. Belief in Jesus brings eternal life. The living embodiment of truth. Let me speak of another thing which enters largely into the common notion of prosperity — BODILY HEALTH AND EASE. When unbelievers sin, they reveal their true identity. How do you stand in this all-important obedience? 6. We know from all his writings that he was eminently affectionate. He prays that equally his life and health might prosper in every way, that God might ensure that life would treat him well. 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. 2. It was usual to wish health as a greeting. We may be inwardly as well as outwardly powerful. — that it is not good to be happy if first we are not holy? The Discipline of Good Deeds. 2. See this shown by Lucke, in loc. It is not only for a man's own good, but also for the good of others, that he should prosper outwardly only in the measure in which his soul prospereth. Affliction, then, is not a blessing in itself; nor is worldly prosperity in itself an evil. 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. Or, you have no religious feelings at all; you are neither happy nor unhappy. 1. Friends and Foes in the Church, Part 1 - 3 John 1-8 (Audio) Web Page by Dr. John MacArthur. The brotherly love he displayed. 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. What astounding revolutions would take place if this prayer were universally realized! Sep 22, 2019 - THE NEW TESTAMENT - Purpose: To commend Gaius for his hospitality and to encourage him in his Christian life *** Key Verse: "Dear friend, you are doing a good work for God when you take care of the traveling teachers who are passing through, even though they are strangers to you" (1:5). I. b) agape love seeks to meet the needs of others (John â¦ 1700 28th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508. [Note: Zane C. Hodges, " 3 John," in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament, p912.]. A. 3. IT IS HAPPY FOR OUR FRIENDS WHEN WE CAN WISH THEM TO BE AS PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHFUL AS THEY ARE GOOD. The great want of the Church of Christ is soul-prosperity. He manifested throughout his long and eventful life the greatest solicitude for those who were converted under his ministry. So thoroughly was Gaius possessed of the truth, that he walked in it; it was the potent principle that guided his whole conduct in his relation to men and God. You think that all is right; that you will be better to-morrow: that's consumption! "Brethren and strangers.., bear witness to thy charity before the Church." III. 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. Here is the revelation of wisdom — that the spiritual state of the soul is the proper rule of prayer, and that it is the just standard of desire for health and prosperity. First, his character. Gaius was in good spiritual condition; he was walking in the light (cf. His daily actions bore its holy impress. PERFECT SOUL HEALTH IS THE BEST SAFEGUARD AGAINST THE FORCE OF TEMPTATION. But in these days, you are not independent of the pulpit, indeed, but you are not so wholly dependent on it, and instructed by it, as many men are. COMPENSATION. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. Unless our spiritual prosperity be at least commensurate with our temporal prosperity, the latter ceases to be a blessing. 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. He would not swerve the slightest degree to the right or to the left from its dictates. Another sign of this soul health is greater teachableness. The Aged Presbyter's Letter to a Private Church-Member. 5. Can it be doubtful to any one that wealth, power, prosperity, are no blessings where God's grace has not come before them? That's why he came to Jesus! "Dwarfs are much more common in the spiritual than in the physical sphere." 5. This is profoundly significant. They should therefore conscientiously and diligently use all suitable means to secure these important blessings. Since his soul's prosperity is presupposed, "above all things" does not imply that John wishes Gaius' bodily prosperity above that of his soul, but as the first object to be desired next after spiritual health. 5. "That thou mayest prosper." Exodus . Is the holy and spiritual law of God at all within your heart? Sermon Manuscripts and Commentaries. 3. B. III. It may well be that Gaius suffered from physical problems, and that he had these especially in mind. 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. Many Christians remain at the earliest stage of the Christian life. When prayer is an irksome duty, everything is wrong with us. He existed in the beginning. 287: ), and prosperity and health were not the summa bona in the Apostle’s estimation. The former, on the contrary, like an excrescence on the fruit-tree absorbing the moisture that might have gone to produce leaves and fruit, receive any blessing at God's hand only to retain or abuse it; or, like a rank weed, draw in the genial influences of the soil and atmosphere of life only to poison all the air around them. Why We Should Pray Like the Puritans (Even if We Donât Sound Like Them) Read verse in New King James Version 4. 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. A The writer, 3 John 1:la B The reader, 3 John 1:1b C The wish, 3 John 1:2-4 . O Lord God, grant that I may prosper in my business, exactly as my soul prospers.". I. But what is this prosperity of soul that is spoken of? Jesus was to be offered as a sacrifice for sin. And now, finally, we learn that the injury of riches is in the motive for which we desire them. Now notice in the next place the comprehensiveness of this wish. Again, if we desire them for the power, or for the gratification which they afford us, then this is mere selfishness. 4. Spiritual Prosperity. The "taming of the tongue," as our Lord's brother calls it. The apostle expresses a wish for the bodily health of his friend. God predestined us to adoption as sons. 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. 1. There is a real subjection, degradation, slavery of spirit, to which we may be reduced; there is a real power, freedom, emancipation, to which we may attain. There is much plausibility in this supposition. NICODEMUS WAS CONFUSED - Vss. It is desirable that good men should not only be eminent in piety and good works, but also have health and be in unembarrassed outward circumstances. He was not content to love in "word or in tongue" only, he showed his love in kind deeds. Scripture: John 3:1â10. One more particular I must mention, which most men deem a prime requisite for a prosperous or happy life — FRIENDS. 3 John 1:2. "Brethren... bare witness unto thy truth, even as thou walkest in truth." Do not restrain prayer. 1. Had a good reputation - â¦ It is a heart disease. Then, use His prescription, for He is the Counsellor to the soul, always ready to listen patiently; He knows the exact treatment your constitution requires, and His remedies are infallible. 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. Breathe freely. 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. But when there is a proportion between the two, wealth is a blessing worthy an apostle's prayer. Though his body was afflicted, his soul was in health and prospered. 3. John prayed that all would go well with him (NIV) and that he might enjoy as good physical health as he did spiritual health. That is a good testimony to have. THE PRAYER OFFERED IN BEHALF OF GAIUS. I. III. John felt keenly for Gaius in his affliction. Now, to this also there is a parallel in the inward life. "That which was from beginning." Individual solicitude is requisite in order to meet that want. To this his brethren in the Church, and the strangers that visited the place bore testimony. In the beginning God, Elohim. On this account he was addressed by John in the words of encouragement - words delicately but strongly conveying the apostle's confidence in his spiritual state, and assuring him, at the same time, of his constantly sharing in his supplications and prayers." Sermon Bible Commentary. II. Go to Calvary, and recruit thyself. But note again the discriminating character of this wish. Christianity is a system of benevolence, nay, not of benevolence only, or of good wishes, but of good deeds. Gaius walked in the truth, — that is, he lived in a manner that was consistent with the principles of the gospel; and every one who would attain soul prosperity must do so likewise. The statement of the wish, 3 John 1:2 2. and the beginning of what prosperity! Many of the indigent would pass from the abode of penury to the palace of ease and plenty. The hostility of Diotrephes, probably a well-to-do member of the Church, had lessened his maintenance ( ) and affected his health ( ), yet St. John has only admiration for the spirit he has manifested and commendation for the part he has played. Our common greetings take this direction. ‘ 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. Exercise yourself unto godliness. And if this be true of mere intellect, if even secular knowledge constitute a wealth more valuable than any outward possession, surely not less true must the same thought be when applied to that wisdom which maketh wise unto salvation. NICODEMUS WAS CONFRONTED - Vss. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 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