Correspondence: 1 John 3:9; Josh. 1:8; Matt. 11:29-30; 2 Tim. 2:26

1 John 3:9; Joshua 1:8; Matthew 11:29-30; 2 Timothy 2:26
Answer: It is the man that sins by allowing the old nature a place. John’s epistle looks at the child of God as identified with the new life. He is not acting as a child of God if he allows the flesh to work in him. (1 John 2:11My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: (1 John 2:1).) This is meant to exercise all our hearts.
Answer: Yes, it is the hearty, loving obedience to the Word of God. The soul delights in meditating therein day and night; making the way of the soul prosperous, and growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We might think of the commandments here (verse 21) as the will of the Lord expressed in the scriptures; and of the Word—not words—(verse 23), as the mind of God that we gather while in communion with the Lord, though not fully expressed. Mary anointed the Lord for the day of His burying. The Lord expressed His approval of it afterward.
Answer: Read from verse 25. This context tells of our Lord’s perfect submission to the Father’s will; then He reveals the Father (verse 27), and (verse 28) says, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This includes the knowledge of the Father, and gives us the place of children, so that the rest He gives is the result of His finished work. He knows the weary toilers for salvation, toiling for what they can never gain in that way. He gives rest to all who come to Him.
Further blessing He promises in the words, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” His yoke is submission to the Father’s will, and He desires us to enjoy the Father’s care and love in full submission to His will— “Learn of Me.” It was His path; it is to be ours, and rest is found in it. Ye shall find rest unto your souls. Submission to His yoke makes it easy and the burden light. It is rest indeed. (See Psa. 16:5, 65The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. 6The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. (Psalm 16:5‑6).)
Question 142: In 2 Timothy 2:2626And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2 Timothy 2:26), we read, “who are taken captive by him at his will.” Who is meant by “him at his will”? B. M.
Answer: What is important in this passage is that each of us, as servants of the Lord, should in forbearance and meekness be watching, and ready to be God’s instruments to deliver such an one who has been opposing the truth, from the snare of the devil, who had taken him captive. God has allowed this dreadful chastening, but it may come to an end, and repentance come in to the acknowledging of the truth and to doing God’s will.