Re: John 9:3

From: James H. Vellenga (
Date: Mon Sep 16 1996 - 09:17:47 EDT

> John Oaklands wrote;
> >Does hINA in John 9:3 indicate purpose or result (or something else)? What
> >are the implications either way?
> >
Carlton L. Winbery replied:
> hINA . . . GENNHQHi in vs 2 seems to be result. "Who sinned, this one or
> his parents, with the result that he was born blind?" Sin resulted in
> suffering in their view.
> Verse four emphasizes taking the opportunity to work the works of God while
> it is time. "We must work the works of the one who sent me . . ."
> I would think that vs 3 then would not teach that God caused this to happen
> so that Jesus could come along and heal, but that the man's blindness
> results into an apportunity to do God's work.
> Perhaps I see it that way because that's the way I want it to be.

Vs 2:

   Question: [A: parents or man sinned] hINA [B: man born blind]?

vs 3:

   Answer: not [A: parents or man sinned]
            [B: man born blind (implied)] hINA [C: works of God
                  could get disclosed in his life]

Not only does Jesus (as quoted) deny the premise, but Jesus also
reverses the sense of the hINA. I.e., the disciples are asking
what is the condition A such that B, but Jesus reverses the thinking
by stating B such that C.

I'm wondering what that means. If the fundamental question is
"Why B?" is this shift really an indication of a shift from
result to purpose?


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