Through the Bible in a Year – July 17

The scheme for July and August can be found here

SoS 5-8; Acts 1; Psalm 99-101

[Some readers may well wish for more comments regarding the Old Testament passages – It is my hope that next year I will rework much of this years material to include commentary on the Old Testament texts]

Yesterday I wrote a little about the Resurrection perspective and how it is missing from our faith today. The focus on the Cross as being of significance for this life and the Resurrection for the life to come, is so familiar to us, we rarely if ever think we may be wrong. But we are. We have a Resurrection faith and are to be informed by a far richer perspective than we might have imagined possible.

As we come once more to the Book of Acts – we encounter the disciples obediently awaiting the new birth which Christ has promised. But while they do this, we note that whilst we are trained into thinking of the boundary between life and life beyond death as a radical discontinuity – this is not there perspective. Indeed, as Jesus has already announced that he does not come to do away with the Law and the Prophets, so also the disciples noting the lack of Judas from the number of the Apostles (witnesses to the resurrection!!), again emphasise continuity with God’s historic people. As there were twleves tribes, so there are to be twelve apostles.

The Resurrection of Jesus announces a radical transformation of life as is, not its dissolution.

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