Jesus. Real Life.

Thanks again, Tom!

“Paul does not say, ‘I am in Christ; Christ has obeyed the Torah; therefore God regards me as though I had obeyed the Torah.’ He says: ‘I am in Christ; Christ has died and been raised; therefore God regards me — and I must learn to regard myself — as someone who has died to sin and been raised to newness of life. . . To know that one has died and been raised is far, far more pastorally significant than than to know that one has, vicariously, fulfilled the Torah” (N. T. Wright, Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision, 233)

The good news of God’s action in Christ shows us how to participate in that story ourselves, making it our own, which it is, as Paul says elsewhere.  As I said at Scot McKight’s post which highlighted this quote from Tom Wright: Wow. That is one of the best things I’ve ever heard toward understanding Paul and, just as importantly, for working the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection into real life–I must learn to regard myself as God now regards me because of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection: as dead to sin, to this age and it’s pushes and pulls, and alive to the new world God is making that Christ came announcing and embodying and leading.  I say again, “Wow.”

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