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Conceptualising holiness in the Gospel of John: The en route to and character of holiness (Part 2)

Dirk van der Merwe
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4610 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4610 | © 2017 Dirk van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 April 2017 | Published: 28 November 2017

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Dirk van der Merwe, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa

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In a previous publication, this author investigated the code as well as the objectives of holiness in the Gospel of John. This research deals with the en route to and character of holiness. The research starts with a concise characterisation of Jesus for the en route and character of holiness is embedded in the character of Jesus. Secondly, reference is made to the mimesis theories of Plato, Aristotle and Ricoeur. This facilitates a better understanding of the en route and character of holiness in John. Thirdly, Jesus could exhorted them to follow him because he has set them an example (ὑπόδειγμα) in showing (καθώς) them the way. Fourthly, the research scrutinises those features in John that relate closely to the character of Jesus to provide more light to the en route and character of holiness. Finally, the Spirit (παράκλητος) will enable and will continue to sanctify the disciples of Jesus. The contribution of this research lies not only in providing a holistic overview of sanctification in John, but also in connecting the en route to and character of holiness in John with the character of Jesus which revolves around his mission of revelation and salvation.


Jesus; the Gospel of John; mimesis; sanctification; example; Paraclete


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