In the land of antiquity a friend wrote a letter and in it he offered a greeting, which is typical. Often, in our society we write something like this: “Hi, hope all is well.” Honestly that’s a boring introduction and exposes our inferior writing skills and mastery of our languge. John’s letter to Gaius was more eleganat but unfortunately caused uproar and is considered controversial because of its content. This is how it began:
“To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
Simple enough right? Would you enjoy reading a letter from a friend with a salutation written as such?
“Dear douchebag, I hope you are broke, sick and everything you touch falls to pieces. If your marriage is working I hope it stops. Your friend, Johnny Q. Public.”
My grandma used to talk about religious ditches. People had the tendency to get into ruts, so to speak, and would have a tough time actually driving down the road. Some examples are: Poverty and Godliness are synonomous. That’s one ditch – you pick if its’ left or right. I don’t want to get into that fight! The other ditch: God’s wants everyone to be rich beyond their wildest dreams. If you tithe and sow enough seed God will bless you beyond belief!.
Can I be blunt? Both are lies. Over the next several posts we will begin to unpack some truth in 3 John 2. Hope you can come back and enjoy it.