Monday, November 26, 2018

A Valuable Book

This multi-authored volume is a gold mine. Creativity and curiosity mark these essays, as each author grapples with the meaning of Paul’s notion of “in Christ.” For the Apostle to the Gentiles, Christ is the center of gravity in time and space, and the major character in the play of salvation; past, present, and future. But what is Paul referring to by the mysterious phrase, “in Christ?” Several options present themselves including: self-perception, legal status, ontological condition, or perhaps, mystical encounter. The theme of this book is to investigate and explore the rich possibilities associated with the Pauline gesture, and as readers we come away with a better explanation and understanding of this provocative and enigmatic terminology.