Yes, agreed. Not much to add here.
We must always take a big-picture view. We must always account for all of God’s work, all of history. Failure to do so is simply failure.
God has a full plan that is working out.
History is unimaginably long. It is unwise to assert it is over, nearly complete. We may have little time here on earth. We know we have but a moment individually. Our life is looking forward. All humanity collectively may have little time, maybe less than one generation, but how can we suppose? Life, all of history, tells us to take the long view. We’ve had billions of years in God’s natural creation. Who’s to say we have less than billions more?
We must live for the Kingdom. That is our calling. We must represent Jesus. We must bear His image. We just show forth his mercy and service. We must live for The King as kings and priests for all God’s good creation.
“Wright’s emphasis on the vocation of Jesus as Israel’s Messiah, who fulfills Israel’s obedience and as the true image of God who fulfills Adam’s calling makes sense of the story where many truncated messages falter. This can, will, and should, preach. Primarily because it is faithful to scripture and to the mission of God in the world.”
Even so, come Lord Jesus.
The second essay in N. T. Wright’s book Surprised by Scripture addresses the question Do We Need a Historical Adam? Wright accepts a historical Adam and Eve as a representative pair chosen by God, much as God later chose Abraham and Israel. The need for a historical Adam is much the same as the need for a historical Israel. This is the way the story is told, and the way God worked in the world. (My interpretation, Wright never put it quite like this.) The significance of Adam isn’t as progenitor of the human race or as originator of sin. Rather, the significance of Adam is in his vocation to be God’s image bearer in the world and in his failure to live up to this vocation.
In any discussion of Adam the key passages to consider are the passages written by Paul in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15…
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