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Calvin – theologian of union with Christ

Here's 5 minutes with Lane Tipton.  Or just read the summary quotes below.  Good stuff.

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"In the contemporary setting today... there is a tendency to emphasize the forensic element of the gospel as being perhaps the whole gospel, such that justification begins to eclipse the very Person of Christ Himself."

[Instead Calvin's theology is a theology of union with Christ.  Therefore...] "You first possess Christ and then in Christ you are justified."

"Likewise if you want to be holy you must first possess Christ and then in Him you will be holy."

"The priority for Calvin is Christ.  And that breeds a very healthy christocentrism - a very healthy Christ-centredness in the Christian life.  Believers are united to a Person."

"... In offering the church a theology that focusses on union and communion with the living Person of the Son of God, Calvin avoids pushing us in the direction of accepting abstract benefits of the gospel and points us to the crucified and resurrected Benefactor of the gospel in terms of Whom we receive every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places."

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  1. John B

    Lane Tipton recently did an interview on the Christ the Center program at Reformed Forum: http://reformedforum.org/ctc186/

    In the interview he speaks on "a transtestamental gospel that understands the organic unity of the Old and New Testaments".

    Hmm.... Christ in the OT. I know that I've heard this topic raised somewhere else before.... ;)

    Tipton has been on Christ the Center earlier. He did one in 2008 on Richard Gaffin, which relates closely to the topic of the video in this post.

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