Truly a lot going on here.
1. What is the author’s main point in this passage? (MAIN POINT)
I see a metaphysic being set up here — we stand in relation to Christ as Christ stands to God. We stand before God by standing in Christ. There’s a kind of domino effect here. God > Christ > disciples > disciples of the disciples
Can we make the next move? disciples of the disciples > world?
Not on this passage alone — but elsewhere in scripture I think we can. In the end — Jesus is leaving this world for the glory he had before the world began we now are in the world in the way he was and draw upon God’s grace in the way that Christ did. We are Christ in this world.
2. What new light do I find in this particular reading of this passage of the text? (NEW LIGHT)
This is one of those passages that is so part of our faith heritage that it is hard for me to read it as if for the first time. On this reading at least I have no new light.
3. Is this passage true to my experience? (TRUTH)
I’m not even sure what it would mean for this passage to be true to my experience. It is talking about invisible things — about stuff hiding behind our experience as it were. This is about interpreting the meaning of our experience.
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.
The either/or of this passage is not true to my experience. When the world has hated me I’m not so sure it has been because I have been faithful. And I’m not altogether sure I do not belong to this world. I think both God and the world each have their hooks in me.
4. What are the implications of this passage for my life? (IMPLICATIONS)
I do not have to be afraid of what the world can do to me if I am only faithful to the what Christ has revealed to me and in me. Easier to say than to put into practice.
5. What problems do I have with this passage? (PROBLEMS)
This is my major problem with this passage:
I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled.