Friday, March 14, 2008

Heading Home

Tomorrow morning I head home after a week spent at HTC, staying in the greatest Guest House of the modern era (this is a wholly private judgement, although not entirely unfounded!) and enjoying my place in the Community of Faith and Scholarship.

This week I've spent a little time reading, contemplating and debating the nature of the relationship between covenant and salvation. This has mainly been driven by our own exegesis in the Greek Texts class of John 15. Norman Shepherd writes in The Call of Grace that...
frequently this passage has created nothing but problems.
Next week I hope to post on The Vine of John 15, and the manoeuvres that commentators make around Jesus statement that branches in him will be cut off if they do not bear fruit. But for now, I'll leave you with a couple of quotes from Ridderbos' excellent commentary on John's Gospel...

the disciples’ belonging to Jesus…denotes not only a personal relationship but also their incorporation into the great community of the people God has appropriated for himself out of the world.

What makes Jesus the true vine is that, as the one sent by God, he gathers a community, a fellowship of life, in which his word exerts a redeeming, life-creating, continually purifying, and dividing effect.