3 John 1:5-8 How To Help

3 John 1:5-8 (KJV)
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 fellowhelpers to the truth.

The doctrine described here is not strange to the Word of God. It is the principle upon which our missionary endeavors rest. 

There are those anointed of God and so burdened to reach out to lost souls with the Gospel. As they pioneer in “gentile” or in territory inhospitable to the Gospel, the rest of us do well to help them in: encouragement, prayer, and financial support. 

And in so doing we become partners in their work and contributors to the advancement of the truth. 

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3 John 1:5-8 How To Help

2 John 1:13 The Lady and Her Sister


2 John 1:13 (KJV)
The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

This little letter is addressed to “the elect lady and her children” and ends with a salutation from, “the children of thy elect sister.

I take it that this is a reference to a couple of churches. If that is the case:

  • They are local and separate 
  • They are alike in fellowship
  • They walk in truth
  • They abide in the doctrine of Christ 
  • They reject those that have a different doctrine
  • They are admonished to “look to yourselves” to preserve and protect a full reward[1]

Scripturally it is not enough for a church to have a reward. It is not enough to have a partial reward. We are to strive for a full reward.


[1] Barnes gives good counsel when he writes, “When error abounds in the world, our first duty is not to attack it… (but to) look to the citadel of our own souls and see that it is well guarded there.” 
Perhaps this has been the weakness of much of modern Christianity. It has been on the offense and hasn’t prepared well for the defense of those back home. Consequently, we have won the souls of strangers (a good work) at the expense of the souls of our loved ones (a tragedy.)
https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com/2012/08/guard-home.html

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2 John 1:13 The Lady and Her Sister

1 John 5:3 Error and Antichrist

1 John 5:3 (KJV)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

I want to take this back to 1 John 4:4-6 and the spirit of truth versus the spirit of error. 
1 John 4:4-6 (KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

  • It is God whom we are to love. 
  • It is God whom we are to believe. 
  • It is God whom we are to worship. 

Anything else is error and antichrist. 

But the Word of God is our connection with God. Therefore, we may recognize a good deal about our relationship with God from our attitude concerning the Bible, the Word of God. 

  • To believe it is of God
  • To accept that it is true
  • To obey those things it teaches

This is the spirit of truth and it is evidence of an honest love for God. 

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1 John 5:3 Error and Antichrist

1 John 4:4-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

1 John 4:4-6 (KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

There are three statements of position in the early verses of this chapter:
Ye are of God 
Vs 4
They are of the world
Vs 5
We are of God 
Vs 6

All three of these statements are true. But the foundational one is verse 6. If it is not accepted that the author of these words is of God, speaking under the inspiration of God, then the reader will dismiss everything else posited in the book. 

Here is one of the great divides that occur among people, and the one that must be reckoned with before any sort of understanding among believers and unbelievers can be had. We as believers take it that the Bible is of God. It is not an opinion. It is not just another view. It is the truth upon which all that is true rests. 

To argue from the position that the Bible is true, with a person who does not see it as such is a futile exercise. We must first ask God to help them come to this conviction or else all the rest will be doubtful disputation.

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1 John 4:4-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

2 Peter 3:6-7 In Light of This

2 Peter 3:6-7 (KJV)
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

2 Peter 3:10 (KJV)
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

I see a “past, present and future” in the judgements.

Then was
Vs 6
We no longer live in the same world as was before the flood. Despite the fall, between the fall and the flood, the world that then was would have been something else. The Garden of Eden would have been paradise and fallen man was restricted from it. But all of the pre-flood world would have been paradise compared to the post-flood world.  

Are now
Vs 7
This present world is kept today through the promises of God. Those promises have an expiration date. The promise is that the world will never be judged by a flood again. Some other judgment is coming.

Will come
Vs 10
The bulk of this chapter concerns what will come. 

In light of all that was, is, and is to come, the chapter ends with this application.
2 Peter 3:18 (KJV)
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

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2 Peter 3:6-7 In Light of This

2 Peter 2:1 Concerning Future Things

2 Peter 2:1 (KJV)
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Peter can speak with authority concerning future things: 

  • Because of what had happened in the past
  • Because of what was happening in his present and
  • Because of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

He prophesied several future things:

  • That there would be false teachers 
  • That many would follow them
  • They they would “make merchandise of” believers
  • They they would be suddenly judged

I’d rather trust the Lord and trust the Word of God and have assurance of eternal life and blessing. 

Wouldn’t you?

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2 Peter 2:1 Concerning Future Things

2 Peter 1:1 What We Have Obtained

2 Peter 1:1 (KJV)
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us 

I focus today on the word “obtained.” Like precious faith is something given to us through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. It is not our own doing. It is not something we work up. This faith has been handed down, provided, graciously given to us. 

It’s not the only thing the immediate context tells us we are given. 

We’ve been given “all things that pertain to life and godliness”

  • We have the Word of God 
  • We have the open altar of prayer
  • We have the house of God which is our church
  • We have the guiding of the Holy Spirit

Those things equip us to live and grow in our relationship with the Lord. 

We’ve been given precious promises
Those things we look forward to in heaven. Those assurances of the Scriptures that give us hope and insight and help us to navigate in this world until we get to heaven. 

All of these have been given to us. They were bought and paid for by Jesus Christ. The next segment of this chapter gives us some things to work at. There are things for the Christian to be diligent about but there is no work involved in obtaining faith. 

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2 Peter 1:1 What We Have Obtained

1 Peter 5:8 Pastors, Preachers and Teachers

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

This very well-known passage is very easy to use but maybe not so easy to accept in its context. 

The context is an exhortation to elders: pastors, preachers, and teachers in the churches. 

  • They are to feed the flock of God and they are to take the oversight thereof. 
  • They are not to be lords over God’s heritage. 
  • They are not to do their work for “filthy lucre” but willingly (and I think that means with a sense of calling.) 
  • They are to be clothed with humility and trust the Lord to exalt them in His time. 
  • They are to cast their cares upon God trusting that He cares for them. And then,
  • They are to be sober and vigilant because their adversary the devil seeks to devour them. 

I take it that he might devour the preacher:

  • With materialism
  • With pride
  • With jealousy of others
  • With authoritarianism
  • With overwhelming despondency 

It’s not necessarily to the weakest Christians we have this warning. Preachers need to be sober and vigilant lest they are devoured in the temptations the ministry presents. 

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1 Peter 5:8 Pastors, Preachers and Teachers

1 Peter 1:8 Believing Is Seeing

1 Peter 1:8 (KJV)
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

“Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.” Holiday-type movie themes almost wear out the phrase. Those programs’ fanciful nature has turned the concept into a practically ridiculous sentiment, suitable only for the immature or the gullible.

It is, in fact, a Biblical truth when it comes to faith in Christ. (I expect that Satan has incorporated it into the fanciful stories told to children for the very purpose of weakening their steadfast faith in the Lord.)

There is joy unspeakable in loving, believing in, and looking for the return of the One we have never seen but fully expect to receive us eternally into His Father’s house

  • Immortal
  • Incorruptible and
  • Inheritors with Him

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1 Peter 1:8 Believing Is Seeing

James 5:17 Like Passions

James 5:17 (KJV)
Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

We have a tendency, I think, to elevate certain men above the common fray: 

  • Missionaries 
  • Evangelists
  • Particularly gifted preachers
  • Pastors of huge churches even
  • Heroes of the Bible

Interestingly the Bible goes out of the way to give to us the sins of those Bible characters, as well as their acts of faith. In this case, the Bible says that Elias was “subject to like passions as we are.”

In other words, he was no extraordinary man. 

This is such an essential truth because, in it, we discover it is never the man that is extraordinary but God. 

In this case, too, we are encouraged that if such a man could pray and receive extraordinary results, then so can we. 

So, pray. Pray earnestly. 

Don’t count the worth of your prayers on the quality of your person but on the quality of the God to whom you pray. 

To my readers:
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James 5:17 Like Passions