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Quote of the Week

In light of Horton’s covenant series (the final book due out this fall) I thought I would post a few comments from the first book in his trilogy, Covenant and Eschatology: The Divine Drama.

Redemption is not merely a timeless doctrine (although it may be legitimately exposited systematically in its logical and not just historical relations); it is living history.  And the biblical text is not merely a record of past and future events of redemption, but the medium of our own incorporation into that history. (p. 183)

The witness of the Spirit and the witness of the scripture agree in their source (the Trinity) and in their substance (Christ and all his benefits).  A doctrine of Scripture that can be articulated or formulated apart from the content of message of scripture shares uncomfortable affinities with Jesus’ critics who “search the scriptures because [they] think that in them [they] have eternal life; yet it is they that testify on my behalf.  Yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39).  The so-called formal principle (sola scriptura) cannot be established apart from the material principle (solus Christus). (p. 210)

Reading Scripture in a nonchristocentric manner is a peril of theology across the spectrum, but it is the goal of the redemptive-historical model to regard the text (including preaching, teaching, and theological reflection) as instrumental toward the goal of proclaiming, confessing, obeying, and embracing Jesus Christ. (p. 234)

If it is true, as the saying goes, that the Old is in the New revealed, it is just as true that the New is in the Old concealed.  A “big picture” analysis, which biblical theology is supposed to provide, will pay close attention to this interdependence without losing the distinctiveness of the parts.  However, walking into the play in the middle will leave individuals and communities with little context for the plot. (p. 238)

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  1. July 23, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    keep these quotes coming! love it.

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