In this commentary Kanagaraj examines how John projects the church as God's "new covenant community", which is characterised by two virtues: love and obedience. Impossible to exhibit under the old covenant based on Moses' law, these qualities became possible by the initiative grace and faithfulness of God revealed in Jesus and demonstrated by the power of the Spirit. God's new community is an inclusive and progressive community because its witness to Jesus in a world that hates and persecutes it has the power to bring in all people so that they may become one flock under one shepherd. Kanagaraj argues that the idea of founding and nurturing a new community was in God's heart even before the time of creation and not just at the time of incarnation.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches
Review by Jo-Ann Brant
Citation: Jo-Ann Brant, review of Jey J. Kanagaraj, John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).
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