The Holy Spirit is in the world quietly and unceasingly convicting every unbeliever of sin, of righteousness and of judgement, but when trust in Christ's sacrificial work on the cross is realised, and unbelief is replaced with faith - the invisible indiscernible, unfathomable work of the Holy Spirit results in the invisible indiscernible, unfathomable mystery of the new birth. The Jew (r) objects to this sense of the words, but gives a very weak reason for it: "but I say, (says he,) who should be concerned but the master of the feast?

What have I to do with thee? Proud member "they (the Christians) say, the mother of Jesus is never called a woman their law; but here her son himself calls her a man. I But it is not probable that it denoted either in this place; if it did, it was a mild reproof of Mary for attempting to control or direct him in his power of working miracles. Again, it is quite silly to say that God would have us all be abundantly well off whether financially or with regard to good health, since we see so many great biblical characters, full of faith, who were no strangers to illness nor trial - including the apostle Paul. 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! Like so many of His teachings, the Lord Jesus used a simple example from nature to teach a profound spiritual truth. 8:17; Phil. 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. 3 John 2; What is the Meaning? my hour is not yet come. It does not mean that the proper time for his working a miracle, or entering. Others have said that the John 10 reference is to 'the life of eternity.' Let us be ready and willing to yield to his moving in our life and not seek to control His work, so that the love of Christ bears the fruit of the Spirit in each of our lives. But this is entirely incorrect and - in both cases - the same Greek word is being used (eudow). It is literally, What is that to me and to thee? And I pray that You who have started a good work in me would continue until the day of Christ Jesus, AMEN. AND WHAT ISN'T IT. See Judges 11:12; 2 Samuel 16:10; 1 Kings 17:18. that is fine, but there is no suggestion of financial well-being in the Greek. and he was the master of the feast:''. 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. Thus understood, it is so far from being a "harsh reproof," that it was a mild exhortation for her to dismiss her fears and to put proper trust in him.

This is where Jesus said, "...I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.". 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?

(r) Vet. (Comp. You help them even if they are strangers to you. 1 The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

Second, John prays a general blessing. 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. Though in a gentle and affectionate manner, Jesus rejects her interference, intending to supply the demand in His own way. Verse Thoughts. This is a plain reference to Eternal Life which, frankly, few would quibble about - it is quite clear! ii. mine hour is not yet come: meaning not the hour of his sufferings and death, in which sense he sometimes uses this phrase; as if the hint was, that it was not proper for him to work miracles as yet, lest it should provoke his enemies to seek his life before his time; but rather the time of his public ministry and miracles, which were to go together, and the one to be a proof of the other; though it seems to have a particular regard to the following miracle, the time of doing that was not yet come; the proper juncture, when all fit circumstances meeting together, it would be both the more useful, and the more illustrious: or his meaning is, that his time of doing miracles in public was not yet; and therefore, though he was willing to do this miracle, yet he chose to do it in the most private manner; so that only a few, and not the principal persons at the feast should know it: wherefore the reproof was not so much on the account of the motion itself, as the unseasonableness of it; and so his mother took it. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 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. First is general encouragement; the same phrase which starts this verse was used to introduce Gaius in 3 John 1:1. Here is how Paul finishes his sentence, here is the other vital thing 'granted to us,' especially John 2:16; John 8:20; John 12:23; John 17:1.). [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Three times, John uses the theme of "goodness" or "wellness." 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.