Notes on the Greek New Testament
Wednesday 24 August
Today's Reading - 1 Corinthians 15:29-58
These daily readings will take you through the New Testament in a year -
see the Reading Plan.
Quote for the Week
"In short, in the beginning, no Christian was unbaptised, but not all those baptised were ipso facto Christians. No Christian was without the Spirit, for only those who had (received) the Spirit were ipso facto Christians. The NT teaching at this point may be expressed epigrammatically thus:
Faith demands baptism as its expression;
Baptism demands faith for its validity.
The gift of the Spirit presupposes faith as its condition;
Faith is shown to be genuine only by the gift of the Spirit...
"What is a Christian? What is the distinguishing hallmark of the Christian? Our study has given us the NT answer to this question with some precision; with remarkable consistency the answer came: That man is a Christian who has received the gift of the Holy Spirit by committing himself to the risen Jesus as Lord, and who lives accordingly."
James D. G. Dunn, Baptism in the Holy Spirit (London: SCM Press, 1970/2010), pp. 228-229