Any statement that begins with, “therefore,” is a call to heed a connection being made. Here Paul draws a connection that Christians are not simply different. In their newness, they are noble. Paul calls Christians to that nobility. He calls Christians to want to live up to that nobility and be worthy of it. This sense of nobility is a “oneness.” This sense of polity is the gathering of unlikely pairs to live in harmony with each other. Not to live, merely outside of conflict as neighbors, but to live through conflict as brothers. According to him, this is the defining factor for the nobility of the new creature in Christ. Christ himself noted that how we love each other will be the determining factor in our successful transmission of the gospel message. This runs in contrast to the daily rhetoric of westernized Christianity which seems to tout a gospel of sanctifying displays of godly accolades. Paul flies counter-culture and demands that we lean into our noble quality of polity. He demands that we, not only remember the clever work of Christ to bring us together, but that we conform to it. It is who we are now. Just as living against the image of God condemned us before Christ, we must ask ourselves what the wages of sinning against him in this might produce, after we have known him. Paul posits elsewhere that it would be better to have never known him than to find out.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts