Derek, a regular commentator on this blog and (I think now) a newly minted PhD, has picked up on a post I made last week that I styled the “elevator version” of the Gospel.
My point was to see if I could put down in writing a short, distilled version of what I believe the Gospel to be. Obviously that comes with caveats – it’s what I believe the Gospel to be right now for instance. I was read, learn, pray and am (hopefully) transformed, my understanding of the Gospel deepens.
I shared my post with some of my more theologically adept friends. I was sort of hoping that they’d either critique mine or see if they could distill and then share theirs. It worked for a few. But mostly, as so often happens with Anglican clergy, it became an exercise in challenging the need to be able to distill, or as is more common, a contest to see how few words one could use. There were some friends who pointed to Paul’s distillation, and one who reminded me of the earliest distillation, “Jesus is Lord”.
Derek, bless him, sort of got what I was getting at. He’s posted his version over at his blog:
“Christianity is ‘about’ participating in the very life of God through incorporation into the Body of Christ—mystically, sacramentally, and communally—which is evermore being transformed into the likeness and mind of Christ in thought, word, and deed.”
Read the full article here. And do follow the link, in true academic fashion, Derek unpacks the sentence with a series of bullet points, and some scriptural references.
He’s been reading Ephesians lately and says that St. Paul’s thinking has influenced his own thought.
Which reminds me. I promised to lead a three week Bible study class next month on the Letter to the Ephesians. Anyone have a favorite commentary or treatment of Paul’s work?