New Testament Theology

New Testament Theology

New Testament Theology

New Testament Theology

Synopsis

This is a new and masterly presentation of New Testament theology by one of the leading religious scholars of this century. It takes the unique step of setting up an imaginary dialogue on the central concepts of the Christian faith between the various authors of the New Testament themselves, thus capturing in a particularly fresh and lucid way the differing approaches and attempts of these first Christians to explore and elucidate their faith.

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'Now that we have been justified through faith, we are at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have access to that grace in which we stand, and exult in the hope of God's glory' (Rom. 5:12).

'Freed from the commands of sin, and bound to the service of God, your gains are such as make for holiness, and the end is eternal life' (Rom. 6:22).

'Were you not raised to life with Christ? . . . You died, and now your life lies hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is manifested, then you too will be manifested with him in glory' (Col. 3:1-4).

'The grace of God has dawned upon the world with healing for the whole human race; and by it we are disciplined . . . to have a life of temperance, honesty, and godlinesss in the present age, looking forward to a happy fulfilment of our hope' (Titus 2:11-13).

'Christ offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat at the right hand of God, where he waits henceforth until all his enemies are made his footstool' (Heb. 10:12).

Here we have five passages, each of which succinctly expresses the conviction, shared by other writers who have not provided so neat a summary of it, that salvation is a threefold act of God: an accomplished fact, an experience continuing in the present, and a consummation still to come.

But none of the New Testament authors ever attempts to provide a systematic discussion of this redemptive act. Rather they celebrate it, using a variety of metaphors, drawn from many fields of human activity, to record their grateful wonder at the mercy and power of God. Almost all of these terms can be used indiscriminately to refer to any one of the three tenses. Our modern logic might prefer to keep one set of terms for each part of the triad; e.g. justification for the . . .

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