Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I've begun reading this amazingly erudite book that's way over my head, but here's a paradigm-shifting quote that I was able to comprehend, at least somewhat, from Ephraim Radner's Hope Among the Fragments: The Broken Church and Its Engagement of Scripture (Brazos, 2004; available from CBD for $4.99):
If there is a whole Scripture, then in Christ, its whole embodiment in the connoted Church and world is guaranteed; the Church will be Israel in mercy and judgment; the Church will take the form of all nations, in judgment and mercy; the Church will die and rise in Christ, as mercy and judgment meet in him. As a result, there is no saving the Church, no discovering the Church afresh, no growing the Church or even tearing it down (Paul prescinds both!). There is only living with, within, for, beside, and for the sake of the Church, for Jesus Christ has created us in and for this, and we cannot escape from this vocation and reality. Hence, it is sure; for he is faithful.May God give us increasing faith in this certainty - and help us live faithfully in light of it.
(Good medicine for those of us disappointed by the PCA GA's adoption of the FV Report today; more good medicine here, here, and here.)
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