Jesus Creed

Eschatology is cast through the prism of light in Romans 13:11-14: it’s all about living in the light: “the night is far gone, the day is near.”
For Paul, “night” here means living in the flesh, sinfulness, etc.. The “day” then is living a life shaped by love of neighbor, etc..
Wright observes, and I had forgotten this, that this was Augustine’s conversion passage: “pick up and read” (tolle lege). It’s a little overwhelming for me to ponder this passage in light of all Augustine has come to mean.
A major issue (for theology) is how Paul ties moral behavior to eschatology — in light of the arriving “day,” Christians are to live appropriately. I don’t know how many of my readers think of this, but one can sense either that Paul got it wrong or that Paul was like everyone else (which I believe to be true): a sense of imminency that was cushioned always by a sense of not knowing with precision when God might wrap up plans for planet earth.
To show how Christocentric Paul’s (and Wright’s) thinking are: the moral behavior can be summed up as “putting on Christ” (13:14).

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