Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Cost of Discipleship - Chapter 8

The Righteousness of Christ

Again, it is not enough to teach the law of Christ, it must be done, otherwise it is no better than the old law.

If you have read this book before you know that Chapter 8 is the most dense chapter to this point in the book. I do not profess to be an Old Testament scholar (nor a New Testament scholar for that matter), however I would hazard to guess that even one of scholarly standing would struggle here with Bonhoeffer. The majority of the teaching revolves around the Law of the Old Testament and the new Law that Jesus brought. However, it also talks about keeping alive some of the traditions of the old Law. Regardless of my initial thoughts, this is a chapter that I must revisit to fully understand the content.

On a somewhat related note, have you ever read Francis Schaeffer's A Christian Manifesto? I read it in Grade 11 and can remember reading each page AT LEAST 2 times before turning it. Some content needs to be deeply explored to be adequately understood.

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