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G.K. Beale – Jesus, Overcoming Where Adam Failed

2 Apr

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Gen. 1-3 reveals that Adam should have reigned as a consummate priest-king in God’s perfect image. His inability to perform such a task in the face of satanic trials and deception left open the necessity for another Adam figure to come and accomplish the first Adam’s commission….

..the devilish onslaught of deceptive trials that felled the first Adam in the first creation must be replicated in the end-time. This end-time Adam to come, therefore, must face the same storm of deception. But, unlike the first Adam, the eschatological Adam will withstand the attack and overcome the forces of evil. Likewise, his followers will be subject to this recapitulated tribulation of deception and will also overcome it through their identification with their latter-day leader, who paved the way for them.

~G.K. Beale~

A New Testament Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Academic; 2011) p. 188-189.

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Russell Moore – You Are on the Verge of Wrecking Your Life

17 Oct

If the ancient Scriptures are right (and I’m wagering my life, and the next one, that they are), unseen spiri- tual beings out there are disturbed by what you are remind- ing them of. By the “you” in the last sentence, I don’t mean a generic colloquial use of “one” or “humanity” in general. I mean you personally and specifically.

You may not be a Christian or even particularly religious, but if you’re human, some cosmic rulers see in you the threat of an ancient oracle—that one day someone like you, a human born of a woman, would crush their skulls (Gen. 3:15). You may never have thought of yourself as similar to Jesus. But you are more like him than you know, or maybe even than you want to be.

The cosmic story of horror interrupts your personal story, and it’s dangerous if you can’t see where. But between Eden and you, there’s a Judean wilderness. That’s where Jesus stood down every test, every strategy you’ll ever encounter—and he won. That’s why, though we are “regarded as sheep to be slaughtered” (Rom. 8:36), “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37).

But in order to conquer, you must face reality. Don’t mistake the stillness of your conscience for freedom from temptation. The Scripture says that temptation is “common to man” (1 Cor. 10:13). The issue isn’t whether you’re tempted, but whether you’re aware of it and striking back. You are on the verge of wrecking your life. We all are.

~Russell Moore~

Tempted and Tried (Wheaton, Illinois; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 58-59.

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Russell Moore – Would We Rather Be Fed or Fathered?

26 Apr

It is no accident that our ancient foe first appears in Holy Scripture as a snake—imagery that follows the Devil all the way through the canon of Scripture to the closing vision of the Revelation of John. As philosopher Leon Kass puts it, “For the serpent is a mobile digestive tract that swallows its prey whole; in this sense the serpent stands for pure appetite.”1 Indeed he does—and the whole of Scripture and of Christian tradition warns the church against the way of the appetites, the way of consuming oneself to death.

We are commanded away from the path of Esau, who sells his inheritance for a pile of red stew (Heb. 12:16–17). We’re directed away from the god of the belly (Phil. 3:19). From the tree in the garden to the wilderness beyond the Jordan to the present hour, the people of God are tempted to turn their digestive or reproductive tracts away from the mystery of Christ and toward the self as God. Here the Spirit of the Christ and the spirit of the age are warring right now for your heart, for your soul, and for your stomach. And what we’ll have to decide is whether we’d rather be fed or fathered.

~Russell Moore~

Tempted and Tried (Wheaton, Illinois; Crossway Books; 2011) p. 64.

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