I’ll begin this letter today by going to 3 John 1-4:
The elder unto the wellbeloved 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.
The Greek word translated wish is the word euchomai which, properly translated, is “to pray to God.”“I pray that and be in health prospers.” You and I both know that your soul Remember, the soul is made up of The Spirit of God points us in the in that part of our being through what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23:
Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly;your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ.
Actually, go back and read verses 15-22, andwhat the problems, and also the answers, are in the areas of and
See that none render evil for evil unto any man;both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Now let’s look again at verses 3-4 in our text in 3 John:
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.
That brings us to our main subject—What is truth? That’s the question that Pilate asked Jesus in John 18:36-38. A few hours before, during that we find these in John 14:6:
Isn’t that just wonderful? Let’s go back and look at what the Master saidin the Temple court, after the Pharisees asked Jesus, “Who are You?” Look at Chapter 8:26: “I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.”
What?Keep reading verses 27-28:
They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
And then, verse 30 says: “As he spake these words, many believed on him.”
Now look at verses 31-32:
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
IS “Ye shall ” The Greek word ginosko which means “ ” is translated for us in Matthew 1:22-25:
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of The LORD by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of The LORD had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.
Jesus said, “You shall[have of] He did not say “SET you free.”
“Well, Brother Copeland, what’s the difference?”
Let’s keep reading in John 8. Look at verses 36-37: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me,”
There you have it! Jesus and His WORD, if His WORD has place in us, is final authority in our lives. Remember, we are readingGo with me to Genesis 17:1-5:
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, The LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations
“A father of many nations” How? (verse 11). Look at
Gloria Copeland has not been called Gloria Neece since April 13, 1962. Why?that was established that evening at 8 p.m. in Little Rock, Ark. Let’s keep reading.
Romans 4:16-17 says:
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (as it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
“”! GOD does what? THINGS THAT BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE! Let’s look at that 17th verse in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition:
As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.
Remember now, “Therefore,” Read Romans 4:1: “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?”
Then verse 3 says:
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Now we can better understand. Now read, and continue reading, verses 19-21.
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Abraham wasHow and why? he had with EL SHAD-DAH’-EE, the God, He had a blood covenant with , and it completely changed his whole being. Look it up. After Sarah died, Abraham remarried, had six more sons and lived Remember, (Romans 4:19).
We are not talking about what a lot of people say: “Well, that’s not my truth.” Well, this is not my truth, it’s THE TRUTH. God’s WORDbecause it’s impossible for Him to lie. It was not impossible for Jesus to lie, but He Well, His Father , and in 1 John 1:5-9:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, andBut if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This, then, is the bottom line of this letter:we will be all of We believe in This will be a wonderful Christmas this year, and we don’t anything else! We are also
As you sow your BLESSING seed this month, dance and sing: “because I’m not moved by what I feel or by what I see!” I’m moved by what I believe, and I believe He meets And, dear Partner, that’s about the matter!
Remember this: I prayed for you this morning! Gloria and I Love you. God Loves you, and Jesus is LORD