[B-Greek] 1 John 1:5
CharlesR at mygalaxyexpress.com
Thu Feb 17 09:21:46 EST 2005
Thanks for your response Kelton, but it appears to me that your short answer
of no does not correspond with the longer esposition.
If God is light hO QEOS FWS ESTIN and H GAR DOXA TOU QEOU EFWTISEN AUTHN
does not the H DOXA TOU QEOU result in FWS which EFWTISEN the city?
From: kgraham0938 at comcast.net [mailto:kgraham0938 at comcast.net]
Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 10:53 AM
To: Charles Rempel
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] 1 John 1:5
> Question Part 2: O QEOS ESTIN FWS
> The anarthrous substantive is qualitative.
> FWS ESTIN O QEOS is not equivalent to O QEOS ESTIN FWS
> Does Revelation 21:23 give enough information to allow for the semantic
> range of meaning to include a literal understanding behind the metaphor of
> QEOS ESTIN FWS?
> KAI H POLIS OU XREIAN EXEI TOU HLIOU OUDE THS SELHNHS INA FAINWSIN AUTH, H
> GAR DOXA TOU
> QEOU EFWTISEN AUTHN, KAI O LUXNOS AUTHS TO ARNIOU.
Response: Not quite sure I fully understand your point here, but if I am
reading this correctly then my opinion would be no. Here's why...
in 1 John 1:5 the expression hO QEOS FWS ESTIN is in apposition to H
AGGELIA. The hOTI clause there makes it appositional.
This means that God being light is the message of the apostles told to them
by Jesus. And the only thing that was told to them by Jesus was the nature
of God and how to live.
This is not a literal light that could be seen like in Rev 21:23 but
something about God told to them by Christ.
We can tell this by the following verses where a person is describes as
either EV TW SKOTEI PERIPATWMEN
or as EV TW FWTI PERITATWMEN if it is a literal light how does a person walk
in it? You can't walk in light.
So it has to point to God's nature.
In Rev 21:23 God's glory is shining. DOZA TOU QEOU EFWTISEV this points to
something that can actually be seen.
KGRAHAM0938 at comcast.net
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