The Holy Spirit and Schism

Gary M. Burge

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 2/8/2021

Issue: Johannine Epistles (Vol. 41, No 1, Winter, 2021)

In 1 John a classic religious dilemma is played out, the tension between spirit-filled inspiration and the fixed theological traditions of the community. Unwilling to try to match spirit-filled credentials with his opponents, the writer of 1 John instead reminds his community of what they have seen and heard, and the theological traditions about Christ handed down to them.

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