From: Mark Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Aug 13 2001 - 16:59:29 EDT
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.
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