Please give me the explanation about 3 John 1:2. Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
How our soul prospers?
In one line the answer is to be spiritually prosperous and that’s God’s will for us!
Many churches and people are focusing mainly on worldly prosperity and wealth by telling that God wants all Christians to be rich, healthy and be at the top, give 10% and get cash back up-to 100%, etc. They do lot of challenging contest and some even threaten by saying give 10% or pay a lot to doctors, you better decide. I’ve heard such messages, but God opened my eyes to know the truth. Thank God! Our God is not running a health or property insurance company. By saying all these lies false teachers twist God’s Word for personal benefits and deceive many so that they can become prosperous by draining others. Sure we all have financial needs and so many other needs, but surely God will meet our needs. God never promised worldly prosperity for new covenant believers like most people preach today, but He is more interested in giving us spiritual prosperity. Also, He said, seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Regarding 3 John 1:2, As John wrote this letter, he was addressing an elder, Gaius who was a faithful believer of our Lord Jesus Christ with a generous heart. It is apparent that Gaius was prospering spiritually. In other words, he valued spiritual riches more than he valued wealth. He had a heart to give to meet the needs of others. Verse 3 tells us Gaius’s heart. “Some of the traveling teachers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth.” Verse 5, “you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you.”
Gaius made the Apostle John very happy with his generosity. John encouraged him and offered him a blessing, that he might prosper in all things, just as he was already prospering spiritually in his soul.
Today, most people get this truth in backwards or reverse order by telling God, “Bless me first, then I’ll give.” Gaius did it right. He gave from what he had, not to get from God or from others to become rich or to get worldly prosperity, but just to be a blessing. He lived a selfless life and so John prayed that may he prosper in everything. His soul prospered because it was built on a solid rock foundation of truth. God wants us to prosper spiritually, seek His kingdom first and everything else will be added to you. He will never let you down, He loves you and He cares for you. Do not believe in false prosperity and false health. Abide in His love, the greatest blessing is to be with our God forever eternally. God bless you!
I do like to fight against corruption.. But I don’t wish to support Hazare. Because if he becomes the prime minister of India (Just Imagine), can he guarantee a government without corruption..? The answer is “NO”. Hazare started the fight just for attracting people or may be to get noticed by people.. If he is really looking for a non corrupted India, he should clean corruption from each city, village, town, district and state. After that it should go to the government level.. we need to start at the grassroot level to improve things.
If he really intended for a anti corruption fight, why did he silent in the past. Now he is 74 years old. As we know, we can find corrupted people in all party including Congress, CPM and BJP. It does not mean that it is a failure of a government. To avoid corruption, every citizen of India take a pledge “I will avoid corruption”. Each police men, lawyers, doctors, government workers, leaders, ministers should take this decision. In other words, Corruption cannot be eradicated by a single person or group. We all need to do our bit for a good cause.
And one more thing, if the Indian people are so interested to fight against corruption, let them first fight for justice. Did anyone speak out when Mr. Graham Staines and two kids were burned in Orissa. Did anyone speak out when the Christians were killed and drove out from their home and nuns were raped in the public in the presence of police and several others..? And it is very sad to say that a so-called Political party (I hesitate to mention the party name) admired such activities. See this video:
I request people to fight for justice and freedom.
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I was worried when I saw the crucifixion of Jesus on a short video, the question came to my mind, “who actually crucified Christ? Was it the Romans, as I have always believed, or was it the Jewish people?”
The video is here:
Who crucified Jesus? Maybe the question should be, who didn’t crucify Jesus?
The religious leaders played their part, as did Judas, Pilate, and, of course, the actual soldiers who put the nails in His hands and feet. Satan played his part as well, but here’s something else to consider–God the Father killed Jesus.
You read that right. Here are some verses to back that up:
- Isaiah 53:10 says, “Yet it was the ‘WILL OF THE LORD to crush Him; He has put Him to grief” (ESV).
- Romans 8:32 tells us, “God did not spare even His own Son, but GAVE HIM UP for us all” (NLT).
- Romans 3:25 says, “God put (Christ) forward . . . by His blood to be received by faith” (ESV).
But why? Because there was no other way to satisfy the righteous demands of a God we have all sinned against, God the Father sent Jesus to the cross to bear the sins of humanity, so that we might come into fellowship with Him! And I might add that God the Son willingly went to that cross.
I just thought, if I was there I would not allow anyone to kill Jesus. But again the question is “Am I not killing Jesus everyday..? by my thoughts…., by my deeds..” ?
YES, WE CRUCIFIED OUR LORD!!! — every one … every one of us, to one degree or the other!! — Who dares to deny it???
Was it for the crimes that we have done, for which He agonized upon that tree?? — Most certainly it was!! — I crucified Jesus, just as surely as if I had been there; — and it breaks my heart!! — But I’m so grateful that He was willing to die for me; — and for me, He did die!! — And for YOU, He shed His pure sinless blood!! It was indeed our sins which nailed God’s only Son to that wooden cross!! — Every sin we commit, represents a splinter in His cross!! — And it was our hands held the nails, and our hardened hearts were the hammer that drove those nails into His body!! — YET, the Bible says; — Paul says; — The Spirit says in (Rom. 5:6-8); — “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ dies for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
In memorial to our crucified Savior;