James Dunn on “Being In Christ”
I ran across a great quote in James Dunn’s The Theology of Paul the Apostle. His comment concerns Romans 6:12-14.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Being in Christ is not any kind of mystical removal from the real world of every day. On the contrary, it becomes the starting point and base camp for a quite differently motivated and directed life. As participation in Adam had certain direct consequences (a life dominated by sin and death), so participation in Christ had direct consequences (an obedience enabled and enhanced by grace). Participation in Christ meant a change of lordship, from the lordship of law (abused by sin) to the lordship of grace (embodied in Christ).
- Paul’s Use of Leviticus 18:5 (anchorforthesoul.org)
- Galatians 5:2-12 (markallenwhite.wordpress.com)
- The Preacher & Commentaries: Gathering Conversation Partners (biblicalpreaching.net)