Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Nothing Can Separate Us
Acts 2:1-4; Romans 8:18-38 Commentary
by J.R. Daniel Kirk
As Paul begins the crescendo that will culminate in the triumphal declaration that nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38), he reaches back to the beginning of this section of the letter, Romans 5:1-11.
In the mystery of God’s plan, love, hope, and glory are borne in the soil of suffering -- which is just another way of saying that resurrection comes only after the death of the cross.
Children -- like Christ
Paul maps the narrative of all those who are in Christ, and of the cosmos itself, onto the narrative of the crucified and risen Christ. The glory to be revealed to us, which is also the “revealing of the children of God” (Romans 8:18, 19), is the resurrection glory that awaits God’s people.
Jesus’s own sonship was definitively disclosed and sealed through his resurrection, by the Spirit (Romans 1:4). His resurrection begins the re-creation of the family of God. This is the key to the much mooted discussion of “predestination” in Romans 8:29-30.
What God does for Jesus in the resurrection, “appointing” him to sonship (the verb is horizo, Romans 1:4), is what God does for believers, in election, from all eternity, “preappointing” ...
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NL181: Nothing Can Separate Us
May 24, 2015
Narrative Lectionary podcast on readings for May 24, 2015: Acts 2:1-4, Romans 8:18-39 (Accompanying text: Matthew 28:16-20).