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We’re getting a bit beyond the “did God die on the cross?” debate, but I agree that the Johannine literature is more susceptible to an incarnational reading, largely on the basis of a wisdom theology. Whether μονογενὴς θεὸς is the correct reading of John 1:18 and whether Thomas is supposed to be referring back to the Prologue are moot considerations, but I wouldn’t rule them out. But the difference between GJohn and pretty much everything else is striking. For Paul God showed his love by “sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Rom. 8:3).

I don’t see how your translation of Romans 3:25a affects the distinction between Jesus dying and God forgiving.

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