important theology


I believe this is my first post on a purely biblical-theological issue. A good thing, I guess- I did spend a chunk of change studying issues like this, and I spend much of my weeks sifting through these as well!

In any case, the following link is a great summary of a very important, indeed crucial, discussion in theological circles. My guess is that almost every theology student and seminary-trained pastor has had to think through the issues, and it drastically affects our understanding of what Jesus came to do. As with any theological issue, there are great and needed points to glean from each perspective. I think the author does a pretty decent job on doing it… Enjoy the article! (beware- it will take a little more time to read than most articles)



  Belisarius wrote @


While I have had unpleasant things to say about ‘Christianity Today’ lately, this article is actually good, surprisingly good. I had to laugh–the ‘new perspective’ guys are controversial? The old view said that the Judaisers thought good works earned salvation, while the new view teaches that the works of the law identifies one with his covenant with God and gives them recognition as justified. In other words, salvation. So what’s the difference?

Sounds like a tempest in a teapot, which is why we should take most theologians, lock them in their bedrooms, take away all of their books and other sharp objects so they won’t hurt themselves or others, and keep them from confusing the rest of us.

Ah, the knowledge of God in Christ. So simple, too simple for the devil to tolerate. So he sows discord. And who are his favorite tools? Of course, theologians! Take away ALL sharp objects!

By the way, Yucan, please reply. A truce is offered. The world is going crazy. “Let there be no strife between me and thee, for we be brethren.”

  seth wrote @

Thanks for the article link.

Gathercole’s point makes me think of Ephesians 2:8-10, which I think echoes his point:
8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Verse 8 and 9 are classic references in the faith and works discussion. It is very informative to read 10 alongside them. We are God’s workmanship, intended to do good works. The chain of events in that verse indicate to me that the source of this righteousness (these good works) is the Lord, who works in us.

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