TODAY’S WORD, 6-13-13 GOD’S PROSPERITY- Gaius, A Faithful Servant

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GAIUS, FAITHFUL SERVANT OF GOD

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.  (3 John vs 2)

In 3 John the apostle John wrote a letter to Gaius, an elder in the church, to praise his good works and Christian testimony among the brethren.  He mentioned his displeasure with Diotrephes for lording over the people, and his callous attitude and behavior toward the leaders (fellow helpers, vs. 8-10).  A third person John wrote about is Demetrius, another leader, for whom he has words of praise (vs. 12).   Here are a few significant points from 3 John.

BELOVED OF GOD

We, who are loved of God and who love God are called His  Beloved, even as Gaius was addressed by John- ‘Beloved’.   John wrote of himself as the disciple ‘whom Jesus loved’ in John 20:2; 21:7; 21:20.

TRUTH  6 References to ‘The Truth’, ‘In the Truth’ (2 x’s), ‘In Truth’, ‘To the Truth’, ‘Of the Truth’.

This refers to GOD’S WORD, the Words of Jesus as He taught His disciples, the teachings and lessons from the Bible that we should learn and live by.

John said ‘I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth’ (verse 4).

JOHN’S WISH FOR GAIUS 

3 Parts- Prosperity, good Physical health and Spiritual Prosperity (vs 2).

Why did John wish or pray for prosperity or financial and material blessings for Gaius?  In his letter he reveals what Gaius did with his prosperity.

  • Gaius was faithful– vs 5, ‘Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;’
  • He was charitable in supporting and receiving the workers who go forth in ministry, vs 6-8, thus being ‘fellow helpers’ to the truth;
  • Gaius had a good testimony (and he noted that of Demetrius who ‘had a good report of all men’, vs 12.)

May we, too, understand what ‘TRUE PROSPERITY’ means, what purpose it should serve, and let’s provide support and encouragement to our brethren-fellow workers!

GOD’S LOVE, PEACE AND JOY BE WITH YOU ALL!

J-O-Y is:  JESUS FIRST, OTHERS NEXT, YOU LAST!  AMEN!

The 3rd Epistle of John:

The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;

Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.

We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.

I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.

13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:

14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

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About Shofar/Liz

I have a Christian blogsite-'God's Enduring Love' at https://heulu.wordpress.com with 'Words of Encouragement from the Bible and Liz's Journal'. Also, an art blogsite-'Art with Aloha' at http://artwithaloha.wordpress.com 'A Journal About Art and Life. I use acrylic and oil paints, graphite pencils and pen and ink.

Posted on June 14, 2016, in Hearing From God And His Word, Teachings and Exhortations, TODAY'S WORD FOR YOU and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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