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Jonathan Edwards and ScriptureBiblical Exegesis in British North America$
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David P. Barshinger and Douglas A. Sweeney

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190249496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190249496.001.0001

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“Of His Fullness Have All We Received”

“Of His Fullness Have All We Received”

Johannine Themes in Jonathan Edwards’ Interpretation of Scripture

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Jonathan Edwards and Scripture

Michael J. McClymond

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Michael J. McClymond traces Johannine themes in Jonthan Edwards’ theology. He first introduces some such themes in Edwards’ writings, particularly the notion of God’s continually increasing grace into eternity. Then he explores how Edwards understood the Gospel of John as a book that emphasizes spiritual meanings. He goes on to consider “the logic of fullness” in Edwards’ theology as seen in his Johannine exegesis, a logic that highlights the work of the Holy Spirit and the inexhaustible, ever-increasing grace that comes in Christ. McClymond highlights how Edwards’ treatments of Johannine themes cross multiple theological subdisciplines and thus defy neat categorization. Instead, Edwards integrated (at least) three Johannine themes into his theology—realized eschatology, interpersonal indwelling, and dynamic union—using the original concept of “the eternal and yet ever-increasing union of blessed creatures with God.”

Keywords:   Jonathan Edwards, Gospel of John, Johannine themes, logic of fullness, Holy Spirit, realized eschatology, interpersonal indwelling, dynamic union, grace, exegesis

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