1 John 1:9

Rob Matlack rmatlack at juno.com
Mon Aug 13 18:24:23 EDT 2001

On Mon, 13 Aug 2001 20:59:29 +0000 "Mark Wilson" <emory2oo2 at hotmail.com>
> Mark House wrote:
> ---
> >v. 6: "If we say that we are having (enjoying) fellowship with him, 
> and are
> >walking in darkness, we are lying and not practicing the 
> truth...."
> >
> >If we follow the progressives into v. 9, we have something like: 
> "If we are
> >confessing our sins, he is faithful and just....
> >
> >It seems to me that if one accepts this present progressive scheme, 
> the
> >implication is unavoidable that the confessing is part of the 
> ongoing
> >experience of the believer.
> ----
> If, by Progressive, you mean an action that is ongoing in the
> sense of "unbroken continuation," then I think I would have to 
> disagree.
> I am not sure the word hOMOLOGEW could bear that here.
> Personally, I think of a Present as "ongoing" as often as I think
> of an Aorist as "once-for-all," which is practically never, and
> on the occasions I do think of an "ongoing" action or state, I do 
> so based on the lexical aspect primarily.
> I would prefer to call this a Habitual Present. The idea then is
> not to be continually confessing, but make it your habit to
> confess your sins... but only as often as is necessary.
> My thoughts,
> Mark Wilson
Wouldn't it make better sense to see this as a general, timeless,
statement that something happens? If we want to title it, it would be a
gnomic present. The idea then would be "If this happens, then that
happens." I don't see how either progressive or habitual is required. It
seems more a statement of principle. The major truth is stated in 1:5.
The related truths or principles are stated in 1:6-10 -- 5 or 6 depending
on how you divide them.

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