Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
What a beautiful greeting, it would be nice if we did this to one- another whenever we ran into a friend. Sometimes friends with their greetings will almost pronounce a curse on us and the very people they love.
John is stating this to one of his pastors, Gaius who was leading a church and was having some trouble with another church pastor, Diotrephes who beheld a false doctrine. People like this can be very stressful to deal with, and John let him know he would deal with Diotrephes when he arrived.
Gaius cherished this letter commissioned by the Holy Spirit and penned by the hand of John. Gaius cared for it and seeing that it was preserved for future generations to read. I wonder how many times he thought about this scripture?
There’s one word in this verse that can provoke deep thoughts, soul.
But what did the Holy Spirit mean by this? There’re two schools of thought. One: that the soul is life, your inner spirit and secondly, that it is your conscience, your mind your thoughts.
Let’s look at it this way, without your mind you are dead, without your spirit your body is dead, so we need the presence of both.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The more you read your bible, the more your spirit grows into the truth of God. This will bring you into prosperity which means success.
The soul, mind and spirit, the presence of both and both in the presence of the Holy Spirit, that’s true prosperity.