Thursday, March 31, 2016

N. T. Wright: "This is the Christian gospel"

The good news is that the one true God has now taken charge of the world in and through Jesus and his death and resurrection. The ancient hopes were indeed fulfilled, but in a way nobody had imagined. God's plan to put the whole world right had finally been launched. God had grasped the world in a new way to sort it out and fill it with his glory and justice as he'd always promised. But he had done so in a way beyond the wildest dreams of prophecy. The ancient sickness which had crippled the whole world and humans with it had been cured at last so that new life could rise up in its place. Life itself has come to life and is pouring out like a mighty river into the world in the form of a new power, the power of love. The good news was and is that all this has happened in and through Jesus, and that one day it will happen utterly and completely to the whole creation, and that we humans - every single one of us, whoever we are - can be caught up in that transformation here and now. This is the Christian gospel. Don't let yourself be fobbed off with anything less. 

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