Saturday, May 2, 2015

Healthy Christian souls walk in the truth - 3 John 1:1-4

3 John 1:2 "Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers."

Today's post begins a series derived from the smallest book in the Bible - John's 3rd Epistle. The book of 3 John comprises only 215 words and fits on one page in an average Bible. Though small in size, this inspired text is just as profitable as the other 65 books in the canon of scripture. The above opening verse is identified as the key verse and spells out the theme of 3 John, namely "Healthy Christianity". The phrase within 3 John 1:2 has captured my attention in that the Apostle describes his readers as those who have "prospering souls". Certainly his bidding for them to be physically healthy is worthy of a blogpost itself, however in couching such an command within an already existing state of healthy Christian spirituality makes me want to ask: "What does a healthy Christian soul look like?" It is with these thoughts in mind that we will explore over the next several posts the idea of "the healthy Christian soul". 

To get started, we can note the first characteristic of a healthy Christian soul, namely....

Healthy Christian souls walk in the truth 
John writes in 3 John 1:3-4 "For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth." When Christians are regularly conducting themselves around the Word of God, it causes joy in the hearts of other Christ-followers who have given their lives to the truth. Truth is the food and drink of the Christian and commitment to the truth of God's word is a premier sign of true conversion. (see John 14:21) We are told in Ephesians 4:1 to "walk worthy in the manner of our calling". What is the manner of our calling? To walking in the truth, the light of God's presence. (1 John 1:5-7) Jesus Himself is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and thus believers are urged in 1 John 2:6 to "walk as Jesus walked". Hence a healthy Christian soul will prioritize walking in the truth.

More tomorrow...