Tag Archives: Paul

Christ in Paul’s Eyes: Weekly Summary

Christ in Paul’s Eyes Summary: Sunday, February 24-Friday, March 1, 2019 The entire biblical revelation is gradually developing a very different consciousness, a recreated self, and eventually a full “identity transplant” or identity realization, as we see in both Jesus and Paul. As Paul writes, “I live no longer, not I, but Christ lives in… Continue Reading Christ in Paul’s Eyes: Weekly Summary

A Bigger Story

Christ in Paul’s Eyes A Bigger Story Friday, March 1, 2019 To legitimate our religion’s status in the Roman Empire, Christians felt that we had to prove that Jesus was independently divine. After the Council of Nicaea (325), Jesus was said to be “consubstantial” with God, and after the Council of Chalcedon (451), the church… Continue Reading A Bigger Story

Inseparable

Christ in Paul’s Eyes Inseparable Thursday, February 28, 2019 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the… Continue Reading Inseparable

In Christ

Christ in Paul’s Eyes In Christ Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Paul summarizes his corporate understanding of salvation with his shorthand phrase “en Cristo,” using it more than any single phrase in all of his letters (over 100 times). En Cristo seems to be Paul’s code phrase for the gracious, participatory experience of salvation “from the… Continue Reading In Christ

An Interior Faith

Christ in Paul’s Eyes An Interior Faith Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Describing his encounter with the risen Christ on the road to Damascus in his letter to the Galatians, Paul writes a most telling line. He says, “God revealed his Son in me” (Galatians 1:16, JB, NIV). This high degree of trust, introspection, and self-confidence… Continue Reading An Interior Faith

Paul’s Conversion

Christ in Paul’s Eye Paul’s Conversion Monday, February 25, 2019 All of Paul’s major themes are contained in seed form in his conversion experience, of which there are three descriptions in Acts (chapters 9, 22, and 26). Scholars assume that Acts was written by Luke around 80-90 CE, about twenty years after Paul wrote most… Continue Reading Paul’s Conversion

The Journey of Conversion

Christ in Paul’s Eyes The Journey of Conversion Sunday, February 24, 2019 Surely the biblical writer who most helps us discover the Christ Mystery is the Apostle Paul. Letters by Paul or influenced by him form one third of the New Testament. Paul is a foundational teacher for what became Christianity. [1] Yet he hardly… Continue Reading The Journey of Conversion

From the Beginning of Time

The Universal Christ From the Beginning of Time Monday, December 3, 2018 Christ is the radiant light of God’s glory and the perfect copy of God’s nature, sustaining the universe by God’s powerful command. —Hebrews 1:3, Jerusalem Bible Christ is not Jesus’ last name. The word Christ is a title, meaning the Anointed One, which many Christians so… Continue Reading From the Beginning of Time

Church Was Supposed to Be an Alternative Society

Community Church Was Supposed to Be an Alternative Society Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Living in community means living in such a way that others can access me and influence my life and that I can get “out of myself” and serve the lives of others. Community is a world where brotherliness and sisterliness are possible.… Continue Reading Church Was Supposed to Be an Alternative Society

Church as Living Organism

Community Church as Living Organism Monday, May 7, 2018 The Apostle Paul’s teaching is deeply incarnational, yet this has often not been recognized. Paul sees that the Gospel message must have concrete embodiment, which he calls “churches.” Jesus’ first vision of church is so simple we miss it: “two or three gathered in my name”… Continue Reading Church as Living Organism

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