The Johannine Epistles (Day 4)

greek-bible-pharmakeia1One of the pleasant surprises about Winterim this year has been the focus on the Greek text of 1 John. Everyday class starts with a short devotional from Dr. Yarbrough and then a series of presentations from different students (thankfully as Alumni I am exempt from this procedure) that work through the Greek text one word at a time. To be honest, I’ve been totally “Geeking Out” over the whole thing, because it’s been such a long time since I’ve been in this kind of a classroom environment. Most people would fall asleep listening to the declension, parsing, lexical work, etc. on every verse of 1 John but I have been riveted by the whole thing.

Part of what makes Biblical Greek so fascinating is how important every single nuance of the language is. Take 1 Jon 3:5 for example. The ESV says, “You know that he appeared in order to take away sins…” While this sounds like awkward English, it’s exactly what the Greek text says. You see, it isn’t just that Jesus came to take away sin (singular) as a general category or a large mass of stuff that we call sin, it’s far more specific than that. When it says that Jesus came to take away our sins (plural), it means that He has taken away every single one of our individual sins. In other words, whatever individual acts of sin that we have ever committed or will ever commit have already been “taken away” by the precious Lord Jesus and therefore we stand uncondemned.

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January 09 2013 04:45 pm | Johannine Epistles

One Response to “The Johannine Epistles (Day 4)”

  1. Bernie Andringa on 31 Jan 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    “Most people would fall asleep listening to the declension, parsing,
    lexical work, etc. on every verse of 1 John but I have been riveted by
    the whole thing.”

    Drew, you have finally put into words what makes you different from almost everyone else on the planet, including me!