Original Research: Historical Thought and Source Interpretation

Exegetical study of John 16:25–33 and the Church in persecution in Nigeria

Chidinma P. Ukeachusim
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 78, No 4 | a7366 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v78i4.7366 | © 2022 Chidinma P. Ukeachusim | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 January 2022 | Published: 13 June 2022

About the author(s)

Chidinma P. Ukeachusim, Department of Religion and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria; Department of New Testament and Related Literature, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Currently, there is a high rate of persecution unleashed on Christians worldwide with a special reference to Nigeria. Globally, Nigeria accounts for more than 70% of Christians being killed because of their identification with the Christian faith. This makes Nigeria one of the most dangerous countries for Christians. Employing the redaction method of doing biblical exegesis, this study explores and interprets the context of John 16:25–33 and applies its theological findings to the similar reality of Nigerian Christians being confronted with severe persecutions. This study argues that the lessons drawn from John 16:25–33 can equip Nigerian Christians to have the peace Jesus promised consolidated in their hearts as they are being persecuted because of their faith in him.

Contribution: This study addressed the issue of the high rate of persecution being unleashed on the Church in Nigeria from the theological stance of John 16:25–33. The study recommends that the lessons drawn from John 16:25–33 can equip the persecuted Church in Nigeria to enjoy the peace Jesus promised the Church.


Keywords

Gospel of John; church; persecution; tribulation; peace; Christians; Islam; Nigeria

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