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John's repetition and description of fruit in this passage is a rich source both of observation and of questions we can ask the text. Questions like:
"What is said about abiding and fruit that is similar? Different?
"What is the relationship between abiding and fruit?"
"What is the fruit to which Jesus is referring here? What are the options?"
To give you one more taste of this, look at 2 Peter 1:1-10. Note the word "knowledge." In the NASB it occurs five times. Look at how it is modified:
The way Peter changes the way he modifies "knowledge" here raises at least one question, "Is there a difference between 'knowledge' and 'true knowledge?'" Here another skill can come into play. Even if you do not know Greek, you can check it and increase your observations... But this is getting long, we will explore how to check Greek easily in the next "Looking for..." post.
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