Towards a Theology of Hope- He has Risen indeed   Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 15:3–4: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”

This text I set out as of first importance in extending a theology of hope to myself and those who would read me. Here Paul said,Christ, did two things here for us, He firstly lived a sinless obedient life to God, (which is here assumed more than said) which essential to note since if Christ did not live in active obedience to the Father in His earthly life, He could not have bestowed on us a lively righteousness ( neither could he then have forgiven our sins).
But because of His obedience in the flesh Jesus then is here by virtue of His earthly life not just an example as some would say, but fullfils the obedience required by the Law for us, so the Law has no more hold on the Christian since Christ has fulfilled it in His earthly life, as Adam should have done.

Moreover when we look to Jesus to receive forgiveness we are Justified by faith in His blood shed for us on Calvary. This is where we are at once Justified, by His death we are set free form the punishment due to us because of sin and by His active obedience in living His life in His humanity, in the days He walked this earth, he obtained a righteousness He imputed to us when we believe upon His sacrifice. The now and the not yet is ever present in Paul’s epistle. Because at once we are Justified and Sanctified yet not yet in all the fullness we can experience.

It is then “not yet” we should not despair overmuch, I cannot emphasize this enough, despair can kill the tender soul when it is overly distressed by sin. And while it is better to despair over sin, thand not to despair of it all all!, this despair should not lead to fear but to repentance and faith. Because Christ has risen we may embrace the throne of Grace and behold our God who has done this amazing thing for us. In this I say is hope for even the most distressed soul. It is my hope, it can be yours too. Repent and believe the gospel. Christ has Risen!

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Posted May 29, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in doctrine

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