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[John_Lit] Re: John 15.26

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  • Maluflen@aol.com
    In a message dated 10/16/1999 11:33:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time, hanscamps@paradise.net.nz writes:
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 17, 1999
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      In a message dated 10/16/1999 11:33:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
      hanscamps@... writes:

      << It would seem that the two are separate, yet
      complimentary functions.>>

      You mean "complementary functions", I take it?

      << Newman and Nida see the witness of the Spirit as being to the disciples.
      This would compliment 14.25.... >>

      You mean "would complement..", I take it?

      L.Maluf
    • Stan Harstine
      Nigel asks the question, To whom is the witness of the Spirit in John 15.26? Perhaps the question should be expanded to ask To whom is the witness of the
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 17, 1999
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        Nigel asks the question, "To whom is the witness of the Spirit in John
        15.26? " Perhaps the question should be expanded to ask "To whom is the
        witness of the Fourth Gospel?" Witness, <marturew> appears 33 times in
        John, and rarely includes an intended audience. The appearances in John
        1 refer to John the Baptist who bears witness "of the light" and "of
        Him," while John 3 mentions John's discussion with his disciples
        indicating that they were the recipient of his witness.
        John 4 indicates that the Samaritan woman provided witness to her town.
        John 5 indicates that Jesus was speaking to the "Jews" in his own
        witness, as well as another reference to John the Baptist's testimony.
        John 8 presents Jesus providing witness to the Pharisees.


        If this pattern is predictable then the Spirit does not provide witness
        to the world, but to the audience to whom Jesus is speaking, his
        disciples (present and future?).
        This would indicate agreement with Newman and Nida, as you indicated.


        Stan Harstine
        Baylor University
        Waco, Texas

        Stan_Harstine@...
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