Thursday, January 11, 2007

"Through the lens of the empty tomb"

In reading the New Testament, Mark Lauterbach has noticed that the apostles were not as concerned with their sin as Christians are today:
I want to be faithful to the language of the Bible. It seems to me that the person and work of Jesus dominates the NT and that even the sin of Christians is viewed through the lens of the empty tomb. The look at sin is ruled by the look at the work of grace now experienced. The apostles, by accent, focus more on the NOW than the THEN. And in so doing, they magnify grace.

Good point. Mark's observations, by the way, bring to mind Krister Stendahl's classic work, "The Apostle Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West."


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