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. 1. WE WILL MENTION THE SYMPTOMS OF ILL-HEALTH. It is very short, but it is very comprehensive. Sermon Manuscripts and Commentaries. [Note: See Yarbrough, p367.]. If for their own sake we desire them, for the purpose of accumulation, then this is mammon worship. This might affect his feelings, and render the actual prosperity of his soul, while visible to others, unperceived by himself; his excellence was obvious to all who knew him, though bodily infirmity or mental depression concealed the truth from his own consciousness. 2. THE MEANS TO BE EMPLOYED FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF SPIRITUAL HEALTH. Free Reading Plans and Devotionals related to 3 John 1:2. Those who content themselves with a mere speculative acquaintance with Divine truth, resemble those who would sit down to a feast, but leave the food untasted before them. And such a prosperity as this is what we may wish for ourselves and for our friends. 14-16. 3. 1. Lukewarmness is an ill sign. II. In his case, love was not a weak sentiment, an effervescence merely, but a strong and rational passion of the soul. 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. His soul grew strong and flourished on truth. 1. 4. 1 John 1:7). Gaius loved the truth; and without love to the truth it is impossible to obtain prosperity of soul. First, keep very near to the Good Physician to whom you owe your recovery, and consult Him very often, and wait for His answer. The result would soon become apparent in impoverished blood and feeble pulse. Socrates, the wisest of the Greeks, was wont to insist that a life without constant cross-examination was no true life at all. It arises not so much from the presence of disease germs without, but susceptibility of tissue that provides soil for their ready growth. 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. A solemn pause followed this brief answer. What would be the result if such a prayer were answered? This is by no means a common condition among the people of God — to be more prosperous in spiritual interests than in other interests. Jesus was to be offered as a sacrifice for sin. Text: 1 John 3 Sermon Series: Get Real (1 John chapter outlines) 1700 28th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508. 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. But knowledge, faith, spiritual-mindedness, love to Christ, these are a sort of wealth that go into and become transfused through the very essence of the man. and the beginning of what prosperity! The brotherly love he displayed. 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. Another sign is a clearer apprehension of the suitableness and sufficiency of Christ as our Saviour. NOTICE THE WISH ITSELF: "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper, and be in health.". II. 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. vii. 5. A dear friend of John, whom he prayed would prosper physically as well as he did spiritually - 3Jn 1-2 2. The great want of the Church of Christ is soul-prosperity. It is becoming more and more acknowledged that bodily disease is due not so much to outward causes as to predisposing causes. That is a good testimony to have. 1. 3. What are the secrets of the recovery of the spiritual life to a diseased soul? They are ever in religious childhood. 2. He prays that equally his life and health might prosper in every way, that God might ensure that life would treat him well. 2. But there is one very sore, bad place, and you cannot get rid of it — it grows: that's ulcer — perhaps cancer! II. The theme of this Letter is to praise Gaius for his good work and to urge hospitality. Breathe freely. Ð¾Ð¼ Ð¿Ð¾Ñ Ð²Ð°Ð»Ñ Ð´ÑÑ Ð¾Ð²Ð½Ð¾Ð¼Ñ ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ½Ð¸Ñ ÐÐ°Ð¸Ñ. Jude . "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." We may be inwardly as well as outwardly powerful. If, on the other hand, it is to do good, this induces benevolence. The only thing you shall be able to keep, is that which you have stored up in the soul itself. But it is not good, it is not seemly, it is, sooth to say, the sorrowfullest thing under heaven, to be gay where there is every reason to be sad. Prosper - in general. 1. Philo will ride you forty miles in winter to have a conversation about spiritual books, or to see a collection larger than his own. He was not a little fragment of human nature, like a diminutive island in mid -ocean cut off from the rest of the earth; but a noble part of the great whole of mankind, and a model member of the universal Church of the living God. Just one more test of your prosperity. 4. They are very spiritual, and they enter very largely into the inward workings of the grace of God upon the heart. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. Sermon Manuscripts and Commentaries. Vss. 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. OF WHAT IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE WORLD IS COMMONLY DESIGNATED PROSPERITY, PERHAPS THE TWO MAIN ELEMENTS ARE WEALTH AND POWER. WE WILL CONCLUDE WITH AN EXHORTATION. euodousthaiThis word occurs in the New Testament only in the following places: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper. Greek. 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. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. "How much?" ... God Transcendent And Other Selected Sermons (eBook) J Gresham Machen. I. He was not content to love in "word or in tongue" only, he showed his love in kind deeds. Another evidence of this soul-prosperity is less bondage to the world. A low temperature. II. is the standard of the prosperity, and the other prosperities are measured up to it. Two ingredients, however, are particularly named as forming his character. These are his piety and his benevolence: With this union of piety towards God and good-will towards men his soul prospered. He would not swerve the slightest degree to the right or to the left from its dictates. 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. But now the question is, WHAT IS THE REMEDY? Our Position â 3:1 A. 3. Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers. Probably there is no portion of the New Testament which contains severer tests of Christian character than are to be found in the three short Epistles of John. 3. The late possessor referred to was the son of a pious man who supported his family by the labour of his hands. But what is this prosperity of soul that is spoken of? Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. Without this correspondence we cannot use wealth aright, riches will injure us, the material will crush the spiritual in us. 5. Philo for this twenty years has been collecting and reading all the spiritual books he can hear of. Or your soul generally seems right. The common translation “above all things” would seem to mean that John valued health and outward prosperity more than he did anything else; that he wished that more than his usefulness or salvation. THE REASONS FOR WHICH THIS SOUL-PROSPERITY SHOULD BE REGARDED IN OUR DESIRES AS THE STANDARD OR MEASURE OF OUTWARD PROSPERITY. Others may have a bold step and a proud look; they may feel secure because they walk with the crowd, and may take the fool's course of living in the present, without care for the future; but there is no escape from the sweeping declarations of Scripture as to our death in sin and our life in Christ, no reversal of the sentence which leaves every impenitent, unsanctified man without hope. 10), to which the wish refers. It is important also for other reasons which are not obvious to all. 5. THE PERSON FOR WHOM THE PRAYER WAS OFFERED — "it is for the well-beloved Gaius. Ministry Leadership. Genesis . 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. An Outline of 3 John from D. Edmond Hiebert. 287: ), and prosperity and health were not the summa bona in the Apostle’s estimation. 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. 5. The instance in the text shows how unreasonable it is to conclude that your souls do not prosper, because the outward man doth not. Or, worse still, some immorality is vitiating your soul. Il. 6. Once more: Take from among a thousand things that might be set forth as sure tests of soul-prosperity — take the forgiveness of injuries. The Discipline of Good Deeds. Watch our overview video on the letters of John, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. 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. Aye, and men cannot nourish their souls on daily newspapers and exciting novels. "I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." "I wish"; more correctly, "I pray." Now notice in the next place the comprehensiveness of this wish. When a diver goes down into the sea he takes full care to be supplied with a sufficient amount of pure air from above. Affliction, then, is not a blessing in itself; nor is worldly prosperity in itself an evil. An old writer says: "Thou canst not read the Scriptures too much, and what thou readest thou canst not read too well, and what thou readest well thou canst not too well understand, and what thou understandest well thou canst not too well teach, and what thou teachest well thou canst not too well live." This is clear from his making his spiritual prosperity the measure of the desired bodily health and temporal prosperity. If this prayer were realized, the physical would bear the true proportion to the spiritual, and the temporal to the eternal. "I don't know what it is valued at; I know what it cost its late possessor." ... By Scripture . His daily actions bore its holy impress. euodoumai. 2. PERFECT SOUL HEALTH IS THE BEST SAFEGUARD AGAINST THE FORCE OF TEMPTATION. The state of the body exercises a great influence upon the mind and soul. 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. 4, 9 . "That which was from beginning." The theme of this Letter is to praise Gaius for his good work and to urge hospitality. For money, property, every worldly possession, is out of the man. Thou needest all thy vigour. Immediately you see the word prosperity you might connote that it has to do with worldly riches, goods or money. Man is a compound being, consisting of two parts — soul and body; and if it be a duty to care for the one, it is as certainly a duty to care for the other, though certainly it is a duty of far inferior importance, and one of whose neglect there is much less risk of complaining. 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. NICODEMUS . III. 4. I. Many now diseased and feeble would become sound and vigorous. 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. It is a sine qua non that a healthy Christian breathes pure air. MP3s by Chapter. (1) There is, in no exclusively metaphorical sense, a riches of the soul. A PERSON MAY HAVE A PROSPEROUS SOUL, AND YET WANT EXTERNAL PROSPERITY. III. This is the great ocean, to which all other truths are but tributary streams, and from whose bosom all the showers of blessings that fall on the moral wilderness of human life and refresh it, derive their origin. Behold I Send You Forth As Sheep. It does not come into the soul. 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. 5. 2. III. 3, 5-8 . From the expression of this desire in so brief a letter, we may infer that St. John regarded these things as of great importance. It is the organ and agent of both; and, if it be unhealthy, our impressions of the outward will be untrue, and our influence upon the outward will be limited and feeble. MP3s by Chapter. COMPENSATION. Sermon Bible Commentary. For our own sake, for the sake of our families, and for the sake of our usefulness, prosperity in temporal things is desirable. 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). Deeper Into Scripture: 3 John. "Brethren and strangers.., bear witness to thy charity before the Church." 2. 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. 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. 2. Many of the indigent would pass from the abode of penury to the palace of ease and plenty. I would say, first of all, that a growing, deepening sense of unworthiness in the sight of God is one of the best and most unequivocal signs of a state of grace and healthiness of soul. Do not restrain prayer. We saw in our previous study that Third John is an epistle addressed to Gaius, a man whom John would have prosper: "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers" - â¦ The prosperous Christian lives much alone with God. Such men are invaluable blessings to their age; they are the pillars upon whom the moral fabric of their time rests. It is the least worthy of a Christian. Do you know about yourself what all your friends see in you with such pain and shame? NICODEMUS WAS CONCERNED - Vss. This is sometimes owing to disorders conveyed to them from their parents. John MacArthur on 1, 2 & 3 John. 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. Spiritual Prosperity. Thus we see that it is proper to pray for temporal blessings. Greek. Pre-eminent soul-prosperity. 3 John 2 New King James Version (NKJV). 1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. Shah I offer this prayer for you? My dear friend. It has been well said that a haughty, self-sufficient professor is a doubtful character; and that high minds are like high hills, blasted and barren. The rich, gay, happy, outward life, and the dark moral antithesis within! Of what, in the language of the world, is commonly designated prosperity, perhaps the two main elements are wealth and power. I John was written to a group of Christians. But for one whose soul is really prospering, health and prosperity are good things. Let me say, first, that when we talk of prosperity, every man, as its first condition, asks that he may be SAFE AND FREE. 2. It is a happy fact when the soul is the standard of the prosperity, and the other prosperities are measured up to it. We know from all his writings that he was eminently affectionate. The apostle here expresses a wish for the worldly prosperity of Gaius. Our spiritual feelings and expressions are considerably toned and coloured by our physical condition. Their souls are ill lodged; and the tabernacles in which they dwell do not appear to suit the dignity and worth of the inhabitants. And that wish that looks on man and regards him as the subject simply of this world, is a very imperfect one. II. [Note: Zane C. Hodges, " 3 John," in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament, p912.]. B. Cf. Had a good reputation - â¦ And if you have experienced no such prosperity, why not? 1. 4. 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. 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