Forming Words

“Truly, truly, I say to you, (Transcendence)
the Son can do nothing of his own accord, (Hierarchy)
but only what he sees the Father doing. (Ethics)
For whatever the Father does, (Oath/Sanctions)
that the Son does likewise.” (Succession)
(John 5:19)

The premise that the entire text of the Bible has a common structure, one which operates at multiple levels, has many implications. Besides the fact that this is clearly a miracle, there is the question of why such a limitation would be placed upon the Words of God.

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5 Responses to “Forming Words”

  • Chris Oswald Says:

    Excellent Mike!

    John 11-12 has a bunch of these. A couple times with Lazarus. Then in John 12, the nard is bound in the flower then loosed through crushing, then bound in the alabaster box, then loosed through breaking on Jesus’ feet, which are themselves bound only to be loosed and set on his bound enemies as a footstool… for the redemptive loosing of creation’s futile bondage.

    The life bound in the seed is loosed through its death… and fills the nations with the glory of God.

  • Mike Bull Says:

    Nice one. Smells good, too. Like Lazarus did.

  • Chris Oswald Says:

    Hah! I don’t know if the modern day spikenard really is the same stuff. But I’ve smelled that stuff and it is really strong.

    I wanted to riff on potency a bit… but couldn’t think of how to say it. Basically, the more potent the thing bound, the more powerful the liberation.

  • David Says:

    Thanks Mike, this is a classic post. I appreciate your comments as well Chris.

  • Mike Bull Says:

    Good on you guys.
    Chris’ comment about the nard and seed got me thinking. The “Forming” stage is also two-part. It involves the de-forming and de-filling of the Head, the bread and wine.