Two Misunderstood Scriptures for Bible Study and Christian Meditation

God has led me to help those who have misunderstood these two scriptures so that all can understand Him better. Jesus was focused on the spiritual when He came to be with us in the flesh. Many times, He talked about physical treasures and spiritual treasures. In a very real sense, the physical treasures are temporary, and moth and rust destroys them. It is the spiritual treasures that last, and I pray they remain with you for eternity.

Some mistakenly think that Jesus talking about giving us an abundant life means physically. Yes, God does give good gifts to those that are His, and those gifts can be what we perceive as physical treasures, but Jesus’ focus was and is on spiritual abundance. We are blessed to be able to grow in grace and knowledge, and God the Holy Spirit grants us spiritual gifts and blessings according to His will. Part of those spiritual gifts is Him equipping us to be and do what God has for us to be and do.

So, below is John 10:10. I pray you read it with new understanding as to what Jesus means regarding an abundant life. Note the reference to the thief coming to kill and destroy. That’s a reference to satan, who looks to rob us spiritually and destroy our relationship with God.

John 10:10
New King James Version (NKJV)

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

3John2 is a greeting from the Apostle John to his friend Gaius. Gaius was apparently having health and money problems. John was encouraging him that spiritually things were great! He wanted the best for his friend, so he wished that Gaius’ health and finances were as good as his spiritual health. Unfortunately, many misunderstand the context of this verse and instead tend to use it as a “proof” scripture for health/wealth or name it/claim it schools of thought. As you can see, the scripture is taken out of context when used as that “proof” scripture and veers away from John’s intended meaning. Now you can look at the verse and see for yourself what John’s intention is. I encourage you to read the letter 3 John to truly get the context.

New King James Version (NKJV)

2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

God the Holy Spirit guides our Christian walk and teaches us what we need to know. When studying scripture, follow His lead and make sure that you read scripture in context so that you can grasp the intended meaning. God’s blessing upon you as you study His word.

copyright 2013, Pastors George and Shaorn Billington, All Rights Reserved

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