Date: Wed Oct 03 2001 - 21:52:21 EDT
Erik Westwig wrote:
It seems to me that AREI (future active) would be appropriate here,
since both OYOMAI and XARHSETAI are future. Or is there some more subtle
nuance I am missing?
I think the answer to this may be more philosophical than translation, but
let me give an insight.
Jesus was preparing his disciples for the next steps in his plan. in the
next few days they would be cruelly deprived of him (he was to die) and they
would need some assurance that they would survive what was about to happen
with thier faith intact. Hence he speaks to them of the immediate future
because it was about to begin within a few hours. Second Jesus always speaks
of his promises for our faith as though they are already accomplished because
as he sees them they are.
Because we see this as a present fact we can be confident no matter what we
see happening around us now. Our faith is not only in the future.
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