Date: Wed Oct 20 1999 - 19:17:34 EDT
<< 1Joh 3:9 (GNT) PAS hO GEGENNHMENOS EK TOU QEOU hAMARTIAN OU POIEI, hOTI
SPERMA AUTOU EN AUTWi MENEI, KAI OU DUNATAI hAMARTANEIN, hOTI EK TOU QEOU
If verbal aspect theory is a better explanation of the Greek verbal system
than Aktionsart and time based models, then I would offer the following
"everyone who is in the state of having been born of God does not continue to
do sin because his seed is continuing to remain in him, and he is not
continually able to be sinning, because he is in the state of having been
born of God."
The two perfects stress the state of the person, they have been born of God.
The two presents indicate that the author, John, sees the action (or lack of
it) as ongoing.
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