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Between the folds

February 26, 2015

I’ve always wondered about the threesome from the book of John. Stuff God’s Spirit will expose the world on when he comes. But the reasons Jesus gives always seemed to dangle at loose ends, like the spanker’s question from The Enchanted Wood, “Why does the dandelion?!?” 😀 The three things the Spirit does didn’t seem to find a natural link with the whys (to me) . Until I seem to have figured it today.

The discourse seems to refer to something structural rather than what the Spirit himself feels:

When the Spirit comes, he will convict the world of sin. He will expose the world for its wickedness. And he does it for reasons that are more structural. Reasons subjective to the Spirit himself, but also outside of him. (For) Reasons that Jesus also/already knows. It is as if the Spirit would say: Ah, that’s how nasty you are…And that’s because you stayed away from the only solution. The Spirit knows what the Trinity knows and is out there, but also feels it and supports his case with it.

When the Spirit comes, he will expose the world on its unrighteousness. It is as if the Spirit would say: Now do you see the blackness of your deeds against the whiteness of mine?…You’re still not off the hook, for Christ is yet around. For till then Jesus had been around to parse human wickedness and had himself exposed it before the eyes of all. But now that he was leaving to the Father, the Spirit would continue the work.

When the Spirit comes, he will declare to the world its due punishment. It is as if the Spirit would say: Now that your leader, the Prince of darkness has had his share, prepare for yours. For very soon, from the time this was said, Jesus would be crucified and Satan’s head would be crushed. And so would be that of his hosts.

Maybe John as a simple writer tucks complexity in without a warning, before the momentum has gathered, but the point has been made.

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