COVENANT OF LOVE
Amen and AMEN!
Awesome. N.T. Wright’s the man.
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It’s all about God. Herein is the Gospel.
Christianity in general lost sight of that when the Gentiles flooded the church with their self-centered anxiety, an anxiety that has continued with growing intensity, seen powerfully in liberal do-goodism and fundamentalist conversion antics – both groups are dysfunctionally centered on their own forms of goodness, and both are driven by a desire to “go to heaven” or some such thing, and fearfully disturbed about missing out!
Wright has pulled back the covers heaped upon the Gospel by the church, and has revealed for us, again, what Paul was really getting at – the big picture.
We have peace with God, says Paul.
A peace that escapes most who are centered on their own spiritual pulse-taking.
A peace that alone can produce love and justice.
Wright has forever changed the course of our faith, especially by reminding us that the Reformation was answering a question Paul never asked. And only in rediscovering Paul, can we lay claim to the glory of God and be done with all forms of anxious self-righteousness.
You’ve hit the nail on the head when you observe the self-centered misguided emphasis of “go to heaven”. If heaven is the point, and substitution for sins is the way to get there, what’s the point of the Resurrection?
Just a teaser, but – in contemplating Easter – if “Roman’s road to salvation” is all we’re telling people and all that matters to most people, can it be any wonder that so few lives are actually changed by the Gospel?
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I agree 100% Tom & Derek.
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