Saturday, 3 May 2008

nothing new under the sun...: "In my Father's house": further reflections on John 14

Byron Smith has some interesting comments on John 14, saying that Jesus' promise of being in the Father's house is realised in the coming of the Spirit, in which the Father and Son dwell with the disciple. I'm sure he is right, see what you think.
nothing new under the sun...: "In my Father's house": further reflections on John 14

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John Davies said...
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John Davies said...

I agree with Byron's interpretation and gave a Bible study last year along very similar lines. The notion of cubicles or any other form of compartmentalised accommodation in heaven has to be the daftest idea ever invented by a Christianity which has lost touch with the NT's strong resurrection (earth-located) and corporate eschatology. Our reluctance to see the real dwelling of Christ with us through his Spirit is also due to our failure to read the NT in the light of the OT expectations of the Messianic age, which would be one characterised by the outpouring of the Spirit.
I note in passing, from Luke's perspective, that it is the Spirit who not only marks and characterises the earthly ministry of Jesus from beginning (Luke 3:22) to end (Acts 1:2), but it is the imparting of this Spirit to others as its object which frames this ministry (Luke 3:16; Acts 2).