08 October 2011

Christianity Is Christ

James Dunn argues that the much-disputed 'center' of Paul's theology is, simply, Christ. Dunn writes--
For Paul Christianity is Christ. Any restatement of his theology, any theologizing which seeks to sustain a dialogue with Paul will simply have to recognize this.

The centrality of Christ, as showing what God is like, as defining God's Spirit, as the channel of Israel's blessing for the nations, as demonstrating what obedience to Torah means, as the light which illumines Israel's scriptures, as embodying the paradigm of creation and consummation, his death and resurrection as the midpoint of time, as the magnet for faith, as the focus of all sacramental significance, as determining the personal and corporate identity of Christians, as the image to which the salvation process conforms, is simply inescapable in the theology of Paul the apostle. (729)
--James D. G. Dunn, The Theology of Paul the Apostle (Eerdmans, 2006), 729


Laurie Collett said...

Phil. 1:21 tells us that for Paul, to live is Christ, and Gal. 2:20 tells us that Paul's identity is defined by Christ living through him. May it be our daily prayer to follow Paul in his reliance on the preeminence of Christ in life itself.
Laurie Collett, Saved by Grace


Kaye said...

I'm always inspired with your post and it makes my faith stronger.