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Conceiving a Fiction

Paul asks his readers to imagine the circumstances were the Christian account actually mistaken
As others have remarked before, this is an extraordinary argument. Paul, in fact, asks his reader to conceive of the resurrection’s fact as if it were a fiction. This is an uncommon kind of argument, for it gives up the ground upon which so much rhetoric is finally made to depend—the strong, emotional sentiments that are sometimes made to stand in the absence (or refusal) of facts.
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“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

C.S. Lewis
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“See the heinousness of sin by this, that Christ was made a curse…

…if thou wouldst know what sin is, go to mount Calvary.”

Thomas Goodwin
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“Holiness does not consist in mystical speculations, enthusiastic fervors, or uncommanded austerities; it consists in thinking as God thinks, and willing as God wills.”

John Brown
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“Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Grace knows no jealousies except for the honor of God.”

Geerhardus Vos
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A Prelude to Eternity

Eschatology: Eden & the Millennium
From the moment that Adam sinned in time, salvation would be mediated through covenants, all of which were inaugurated in time. Those same covenants are now the record of history, and yet some of us are persuaded that their fullest expression is yet to come. The Lord Jesus is the seed, subject, and fulfillment of those covenants, but some of them find their complete expression in the Millennium.