“God for the ungodly!”

The message about the cross announces the death of Jesus Christ as Eberhard Jungelthe decisive event for the life and death of human beings and the world in which they live. In this message there is to be found a focusing on the proclamation so that it is hard to imagine it being more focused or a more notable proclamation: God for the ungodly! Life for those threatened by death, for those enslaved by death! The hope of salvation for a humanity which is hopelessly lost in a slough of despond of its own making! Liberating truth for people who suppress the truth (Rom. 1:18 ) and who, in the way they handle truth, entangle themselves and their fellow human beings in a deadly sham existence (p. 1)

Eberhard Jüngel, Justification: The Heart of the Christian Faith. Trans. Jeffrey F. Cayzer (T&T Clark, 2001)

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  1. Thanks for the post Kent. I am struck not necessarily by the description of the cross event (even though it is amazing enough of a description) but by his last statement concerning those who handle the truth of the doctrine poorly. It has always been a great fear of mine that I have partaken of such error in my life and in the times when I have taught. As I look back over my few years of ministry, I can see at times where I have partaken of this great error (through outright heretical teachings to inappropriate attitudes is speaking about the truth). I believe that it is a great and necessary thing to keep ever before us the great task that we all share in: the explicating and communication of God’s truth in love.

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