Title: ON ACCOUNT OF MY NAME: AN ECCLESIAL SHIFT THROUGH RIGHTEOUS SUFFERING IN JOHN 15–16
Abstract: By surveying ancient Jewish literature against the backdrop of John 15–16, this article argues that the promise of suffering for the church is a distinction in the history and literature of God’s people. It demonstrates that the phenomenon of righteous suffering, which in the Gospels is promised on account of Jesus’s name only in John 15, suggests an ecclesial shift from the people of God in the Old Testament and between the testaments to the people of God in the New Testament. In other words, the phenomenon of righteous suffering distinguishes different peoples of God throughout history with the church being unique in being explicitly promised suffering for obedient faith. The article concludes by noting modern-day relevance as Christian suffering reveals God’s glory and is the natural result for those who have exchanged their life and death for Christ’s life and death. Read it Here!