Is it true much less infallible?
What did Jesus actually bring, if not world peace, universal prosperity, and a better world? What has he brought?
The answer is very simple: God. He has brought God. He has brought the God who formerly unveiled his countenance gradually, first to Abraham, then to Moses and the Prophets, and then in the Wisdom Literature – the God who revealed his face only in Israel, even though he was also honored among the pagans in various shadowy guises. It is this God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the true God, whom he has brought to the nations of the earth.
He has brought God, and now we know his face, now we can call upon him. Now we know the path that we human beings have to take in this world. Jesus has brought God and with God the truth about our origin and destiny: faith, hope, and love. It is only because of our hardness of heart that we think this is too little. Yes, indeed, God’s power works quietly in this world, but it is the true and lasting power. Again and again, God’s cause seems to be in its death throes. Yet over and over again it proves to be the thing that truly endures and saves.
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Well. I blew it. I guessed the link would have led me to something by N. T. Wright
Matthew J Tuininga —-One of the ways in which modern advocates could strengthen the two kingdoms doctrine is by further emphasizing and clarifying its fundamentally eschatological character, particularly in light of the fact that the two kingdoms are often confused with two spheres into which life is to be divided. It may be that part of the problem is a conflation of the two kingdoms doctrine with Abraham Kuyper’s concept of sphere sovereignty.
MT—“Kuyper’s spheres denote different areas into which human life under Christ’s lordship are to be divided. The spheres do not designate the two advents distinction between this age and the age to come. As such, the concept of sphere sovereignty is a sociological concept that is… different from the two kingdoms doctrine. We confuse the two when we think of the two kingdoms as two spheres (because they denote two governments) but forget that they also denote two overlapping ages. ….As 1 Corinthians 7 and Ephesians 5-6 make clear, Christians cannot turn everything they do into the kingdom of God….
Like present day theonomists, the Magisterial Reformers made a distinction between state and church, and between creation and incarnation, but they also thought of the state as an expression of both God’s creation and Christ’s kingdom and looked to Christian magistrates to impose the authority of “the catholic church” against “the sects”.
God’s grace and providence did not protect God in the flesh from the death of the cross. though they did not openly dismis the peaceful attitude and actions of the incarnate Son of God as unique and not to be imitated by the rest of us (not the incarnation of God), the Magisterial Reformers did not see the incarnate Messiah as lawgiver and example to His creation.
Donald Macleod—It was no part of the work of Christ to make God love the elect The very fact of his being on earth at all was proof of the divine love. The business of the atonement, therefore, was to propitiate the God who already loves the elect. God unequivocally requires such propitiation,
butGod also provides the propitiation and God becomes the propitiation. The whole cost of the redemption is borne by the triune God. In that sense, the atonement is a transaction internal to the trinity. But by virtue of the incarnation, the transaction is also external. The propitiatory sacrifice takes place not in heaven, but on Calvary; not timelessly and forever, but once for all time.
“and with God the truth about our origin and destiny: faith, hope, and love. ”
What on earth does the actually mean? Jesus did not “bring” God, but WAS God, id we are true to Scripture. And He brought the love of God and salvation. Beyond that, I have no idea what annoying Catholic talking heads are talking about.
Joe m, but I keep hearing how great a theologian Benedict was/is.