ALL ABOUT FAITH; WHAT IS IT? Compare John 8:20; John 12:23; John 13:1. It occurs often in the Old Testament, 2 Samuel 16:10; 1 Kings 17:18, etc. It may, then, be thus expressed: "My mother, be not anxious. Museltof Nizzachon, p. 223. Mine hour has not yet come. It is slightly shorter than 2 John (219 Greek words compared to 245 for 2 John), and is the shortest book of the Greek New Testament. 1 John 3:2. It does not mean that the proper time for his working a miracle, or entering. It was a gentle rebuke for officious interference, entering a region from which all creatures were excluded (compare Ac 4:19, 20). What Does John 3:8 Mean? Why should God want to turn us into 'spiritual spoiled brats' when even human parents quickly learn the folly of spoiling children? Then, … on his public work had not come, but that the proper time for his interposing there had not arrived. Like 2 John, this one-page letter was written from “the elder,” whom conservative scholars agree is the aged apostle John. To which may be replied, that the mother of Jesus is never called a woman in the New Testament, is not said by us Christians: it is certain she is so called, both here, and elsewhere; but then this is no contradiction to her being a virgin; one, and the same person, may be a virgin, and a woman: the Abraham's servant was sent to take for wife for his son Isaac, is called a woman, though a virgin that had never known any man, Genesis 24:5. v6 Some of these have spoken about your love in the church. If God had faith in His Word, we can have faith in our words, they tell us, so that we too can boldly bring what we desire into existence! Second, John prays a general blessing. The parallels for the form of the question are Joshua 22:24; Judges 11:12; 2Samuel 16:10; 1Kings 17:18; 2Kings 3:13; and the thrice-recorded question of the demoniac (Matthew 8:29; Mark 1:24; Luke 8:28). Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper, &c.] Or succeed in all temporal affairs, in the business of life, in which he was; and as success of this sort depends upon the blessing of God, which maketh rich, it is to be wished and prayed for from him: - See the notes at Matthew 8:29. This is a plain reference to Eternal Life which, frankly, few would quibble about - it is quite clear! But, let us close by considering what Paul told the Philippians. The particular claim which one sometimes hears is that 'prosper' at the beginning of this verse concerns prosperity of a financial nature while 'prospers' at the conclusion of the verse only concerns spiritual matters. What have I to do with thee? Like so many of His teachings, the Lord Jesus used a simple example from nature to teach a profound spiritual truth. (s) Vid. 3 John 2; What is the Meaning? In every case the coming of the hour indicates some crisis in the personal life of the Lord, more commonly His passion. Besides, we do not think ourselves obliged to maintain the perpetual virginity of Mary, the mother of our Lord; it is enough that she was a virgin when she conceived, and when she brought forth her firstborn: and as the Jews endeavour to take an advantage of this against the character of Mary, the Papists are very solicitous about the manner in which these words are said, lest they should be thought to contain a reproof, which they cannot bear she should be judged worthy of; or suggest any thing to her dishonour, whom they magnify as equal to her son: but certain it is, that the following words. Indeed, if John the Apostle expresses his wish that the elder might prosper "in all things" does not this remark itself show that this is not being confined to ones financial life? These people seem to hijack the biblical understanding of faith (which is always tied in with the will and sovereignty of God) turning it into something which requires God to give us whatever we want, if we will only be bold and brazen enough to ask for it! 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (p) Vet. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. that is fine, but there is no suggestion of financial well-being in the Greek. Like so many of His teachings, the Lord Jesus used a simple example from nature to teach a profound spiritual truth. Mother and brethren alike regarded life in its events; for Him it is an unchanging principle. What have I to do with thee (τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοὶ). mine, ἡ τοῦ θαυματουργῆσαι, ὅ τι ἂν λέγῃ ὑμῖν ποιήσατε. ALL ABOUT FAITH; WHAT IS IT? 3 John begins with a praescriptio, or introductory formula (vss. Jesus said to her, Woman, what have I to do with you? whereas it is a clear case that he was one of the guests, one that was invited, John 2:2, and that there was a governor or ruler of the feast, who might be more properly called the master of it than Jesus, John 2:8. It might be said to be a reference to the 'kingdom of God' which certainly, in a sense, starts to have relevance for Christians in this life, but any notion that Jesus is explicitly referring to financial prosperity here is, frankly, laughable. The wine had begun to fail, but he would not work a miracle until it was entirely gone, that the miracle might be free-from all possibility of suspicion. Philo the Jew observes F11, that Israel may be interpreted one that sees God; but adds, (ouc oiov estin o yeov) , "not what God is", for this is impossible: it is indeed impossible to see him essentially as he is, or so as to comprehend his nature, being, and perfections; but then the saints in heaven will see God and Christ as they are, and as much as they are to be seen by creatures; God will be seen as he is in Christ; and Christ will be seen as he is in himself, both in his divine and human natures, as much as can be, or can be desired to be seen and known of him.

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