Last night I had a dream in two parts.
In part 1, I was citing a catena of biblical texts to a congregation of open-hearted people. In the dream, I was consciously aware of the critical difference between a catena and proof-texting or 'text-mining,' as some like to call it. A catena, in this case, was a chain of Scriptures strung together as commentary on the theme of Christ's saving work for all people, all things, the cosmos. Far from proof-texting to prove a narrow point, the effect was to paint a grand rainbow arc of God's drama of redemption.
I remember that in the dream, I was quoting actual Scriptures by memory and that there were thirty of them (I found thirty-one such passages when I awoke)., flowing one after another, as follows. If the reader will refrain from skimming these, you may get the impression of momentum that left the congregation gasping in awe, which will take you to the end of part 1:
And then all flesh shall see the salvation of God. (Lk. 3:6)
This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that through him all might believe. (John 1:7)
Behold, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:17)
The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. (John 3:35)
We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world. (John 4:42)
For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. (John 6:33)
I am the light of the world. (John 8:12)