3rd John

Daily Reading: 3 John (entire epistle)
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John’s early nick-name:
“The disciple whom (Jesus) loved” (John 20:2). “Sons of thunder” (Mark 3:17).
John’s late in life nick-name:
“Presbyteros”- the old man (3 John 1:1).
John pens the words “old man” as a reminder of the life experiences he has and the wisdom he has to impart to the youngsters (3 John 1).
What precedes “good health” is the word agapētos (beloved). What leads to good health is the understanding that you (be-loved) by wonderful family members of God and that you (be-loved) by your heavenly Father (3 John 1:2).
John’s desire is that as you have a revelation that you are God’s beloved child (that not only has He led your soul to a prosperous journey), to that same degree (kathōs) you might be well and in good health in your body in Jesus’ name.
He holds himself supreme, above everyone else, and is not welcoming towards believers. He forbids the purpose of the church going forward by attacking true believers and the work they are doing with false accusations in order to cause them great pain. He isn’t satisfied with the pain he causes he goes even further and has them thrown out of the assembly of believers (3 John 1:9-10).
What John is saying is the good that we do that profits others (agathos) has its origins and proceeds out of God. So, the good in which we do is the fruit He bears in our lives, all glory to God (3 John 1:11).

1,2,3 Prayers

Daily Reading: Matthew 26:36-46- 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

                              (A picture of the Garden of Gethsemane as it looks today)

Gethsemane comes from two Hebrew words:
Gat- a winepress.   Shmanin- oils.
Gat Shmanim placed together would make “winepress of oils”.
Jesus pressed on at the winepress of oils (Gethsemane) as He prayed (Matthew 26:39).
Why would Jesus be troubled to the point of death (Matthew 26:38)?
Because being troubled in His soul was nothing new. In fact, Jesus’ soul was troubled on the same account six days before, (John 12:27 ). Before he was afflicted by men, but now He is bruised, and put to grief by his Father: (Isaiah 53:10-11).
Jesus fell with his face to the ground and prayed to God” – but this would be against the Jewish Law unless the One who was “to fall upon his face”, knows in himself that he is righteous as Joshua (Matthew 26:39).
Jesus prays the greatest prayer in the world. What hung in the balance was the glory of God’s grace and the salvation of the world. Every hope of the gospel succeeds because of Jesus’s reverent earnestness in prayer, and the answer of the Father (Matthew 26:39).
The angel was God’s response to Jesus’s first prayer and the answer is seen by the shift in the second prayer (Luke 22:42-43).
Jesus did not go on praying for the cup to pass. He went on praying for success in drinking it (Matthew 26:42).
Jesus continued praying, he knows the cup will not pass (answer from first prayer), that God would give Him success in drinking it (answer from the second prayer) and that His time has now come (answer to the third prayer) [Matthew 26:44-45].

Peter, James, and John

Daily Reading: Mark 9:1-8- And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” 8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
Transfiguration from Mark’s writings-
Jesus’ “clothes became dazzling white” (Mark 9:3). Shining, glistening exceedingly beyond measure  of the light and brightness of the snow.
Mark 9:7- Unlike, Moses and Elijah our Lord Jesus Christ will never fail or be discouraged. Grace is greater than the Law and the Prophets, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
Mark 9:2-The stone (Peter)—which the law was written on was supplanted (James) and replaced by God’s grace (John).
Transfiguration from Luke’s writings-

Luke’s Gospel varies from Mark’s Gospel in that Luke adds the detail that they went up the mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. (Luke 9:28-29). Prayer brought forth the outward expression of God’s glory.

Transfiguration from Matthew’s writings-
The word “arise” (Matthew 17:7) is in the passive voice.  What Jesus is telling His disciples is- “Allow yourself to be lifted by God.”
When you are lifted, you stand on equal ground with Him. That is what Jesus died to give you, His standing. That is a picture of His grace.


Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Daily Reading: John 14:1-3,16,17,26- Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
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John chapter 14 starts off with the header, “Jesus comforts His Disciples”. The Greek word for disciple (mathētēs) simply means a learner of Jesus. Although, Jesus was comforting His twelve disciples in this text, He is also bringing comfort to us as well, who also are learners of Jesus too.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me”. Whatever causes you trouble and takes away the calmness of your mind do not allow your soul to be stirred up instead place your confidence in God and in Christ.
It is not our work that will bring a settled mind, it is Christ’s finished work. It is confidence and trust in Christ (John 14:1, John 19:30). For the Greek word (teleo) “it is finished” was used by merchants to say “the debt is paid in full!”
So, you will have trouble in this world but you don’t have to be troubled because you can have confidence in Christ finished work at the cross (John 14:1) that He offers to us healing, forgiveness, His righteousness, and He has given us the Comforter as our aid always with us (John 14:16).
We have the One (Holy Spirit) who points us to the Truth (Jesus) and as we are pointed to the Truth (Jesus) we find comfort. Our hearts are no longer troubled as we place are confidence in His finished work (John 14:16,26).


Faith, Love, and Hope


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Daily Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5-
1 Paul, Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. 2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3 We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.

Our goal in writing to you is so that you might have joy, pleasure and contentment with whatever you encounter because you have salvation through Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:1). Salvation is found in the Greek word for peace.
As Paul continues on in his writing we learn that it is helpful to receive God’s grace and peace by knowing that other believers are praying for you (1 Thessalonians 1:2).
When you study out verse three you and the phrase “work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” it is an incredible testimony of the faith found in the believers at Thessalonica during persecution.
When you dig into the Greek definitions found in verse three it would read as follows: “Your trust in God during your intense trouble and toil as a result of your good will and brotherly love toward others and your constant patience has been inspired by an expectation of good in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
God the Father is the One has been instrumental in producing this faith and love and hope (verse 3) in the lives of the believers of Thessalonica, since Paul thanks Him for it.

Set your hope on the sovereign grace of God, and in that hope find the strength to endure (1Thessalonians 1:4-5).