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Stellenbosch Theological Journal

On-line version ISSN 2413-9467
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MOUTON, Elna. In "conversation" with Andrew Murray Jr on Johannine Spirituality: God's presence in Christ's absence in the Fourth Gospel. STJ [online]. 2022, vol.8, n.3, pp.243-256. ISSN 2413-9467.

For Andrew Murray Jr (1828-1917), John 15 was significant for understanding believers' unification in Christ. Imagining a conversation with him, the essay explores experiences of Jesus' presence and absence in the Fourth Gospel [FG]. References to God's presence are characterised by the transferral of "temple" imagery to both Jesus and the Johannine community as the dwelling place where God's "tabernacling" presence is experienced (1:14; 2:13-22; 14:1-6). These images, distinctive of the 'household' dynamic of the FG (1:12-13, 18), are reflected in Jesus' engagement with his disciples (Jn 13-17) as mutual indwelling between God and them. Amidst his departing words (13:33; 14:2) and his followers' disillusion and grief (13:36-38; 14:1, 27; 16:20-22), Jesus invites them to "remain/dwell" in him/his love (15:4, 9), waiting upon the Counsellor whom 'the Father' will send in his name (14:26; 16:7, 13).

Keywords : Andrew Murray Jr; household/temple imagery in FG; John 15; remaining in Christ.

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