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John 11:25-27

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11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live 1  even if he dies, 11:26 and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. 2  Do you believe this?” 11:27 She replied, 3  “Yes, Lord, I believe 4  that you are the Christ, 5  the Son of God who comes into the world.” 6 

1 tn That is, will come to life.

2 tn Grk “will never die forever.”

3 tn Grk “She said to him.”

4 tn The perfect tense in Greek is often used to emphasize the results or present state of a past action. Such is the case here. To emphasize this nuance the perfect tense verb πεπίστευκα (pepisteuka) has been translated as a present tense. This is in keeping with the present context, where Jesus asks of her present state of belief in v. 26, and the theology of the Gospel as a whole, which emphasizes the continuing effects and present reality of faith. For discussion on this use of the perfect tense, see ExSyn 574-76 and B. M. Fanning, Verbal Aspect, 291-97.

5 tn Or “the Messiah” (Both Greek “Christ” and Hebrew and Aramaic “Messiah” mean “one who has been anointed”).

sn See the note on Christ in 1:20.

6 tn Or “the Son of God, the one who comes into the world.”



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