[John_Lit] Re: John 15.26
- 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.