As we conclude our study of 3rd John, we pick up at verse 13. The Apostle writes:
“I have much to write to you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.” 3 John 13 – 14.
John had many things he wanted to say to his Friend, but apparently he did not want to continue to write them down. However, in this short letter he had said much as he had written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. He said, “I pray that you prosper, and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.” He spoke of walking in the truth. The truth that Jesus Christ is the true Son of God, sent to bring us home to the love of our Father in heaven, and to live in it while we are here through the sacrifice of Himself for our sins on a cross. That He was raised from the dead three days later to bring victory into the lives of all who will believe and receive this truth. The victory of being set free from the bondage of sins and addictions. The victory of divine health, and divine prosperity – body, soul, and spirit. He spoke of supporting those who were taking the Good News of Christ to the world, and of not supporting those who were trying to control the work of the Church.
He had written ways to live in, and words of wisdom to live by, for his friend. The Holy Spirit gives them to us as we read and receive them into our soul.
The great Apostle concluded with a blessing given, and a request made. He said, “Peace to you.” This blessing, when received and walked in, is the bottom line for the abundant life here on earth. To have peace is to live in assurance that God is in control. To have peace is to live in a state of calm trust that all is well. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) John’s final words were “Greet the friends there by name.” Each person is tremendously important. Learn their names. Call them by name. It brings a sense of love, and grace, and gives them a peace within that they are cared about.
Peace to you, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus. Walk in His peace and in His love. All is well.