"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John 2
In 3 John 2, Apostle John is expressing his desire for Christians to be in health as their souls prosper. The word health comes from the Greek word hugiaino (pronounced hoog-ee-ahee-no). It means "to be sound in body".1 The prosperity of a Christianís soul is directly related to his walking in truth. Jesus defined truth as the Word of God. (John 17:17) Therefore, the health of Christians is directly related to their walking in the Word of God.
The Word of God also teaches man is a three-element being -- spirit, soul and body. Apostle Paul stated this as he disclosed his prayer for the saints at Thessalonica. He wrote,
"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:23
3 John 2 and 1 Thessalonians 5:23, reveal manís overall health and well being is dependent on
- His relationship with God.
- The condition of his spirit.
- The condition of his soul.
- The condition of his body.