THE CROSS AND ETHICS:   WHAT HAS THE CROSS GOT TO       DO WITH ETHICS?                CCL Open Night 8
Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not onlyto the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19For this i...
1.   Freedom2.   Insight3.   Purpose4.   Inclusion5.   Adversity6.   Style
ch. 15: cross(ch. 29: forgiving)
1. FREEDOM   vv24b-25:    ‘He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree …    By his wounds you have been healed. For ...
John Stott ‘The Cross of Christ’The mysterious unity of the Fatherand the Son rendered it possible forGod at once to endur...
2. INSIGHT   v24:    ‘He himself bore our sins in his body on the    tree, that we might die to sin … By his wounds you  ...
3. PURPOSE   v24:    ‘… that we might … live to righteousness.’
4. INCLUSION   v21:    ‘For to this youz have been called, because Christ    also suffered for youz, leaving youz an exam...
5. ADVERSITY   vv 19—21:    ‘For       this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of    God, one endures sorrows while suffe...
6. ‘STYLE’   vv 19—21:    ‘For       this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of    God, one endures sorrows while sufferi...
6. ‘STYLE’   v 23:    ‘When    he was reviled,’ says Peter, ‘he did not revile    in return; when he suffered, he did not...
We who settle things are ourselves subject tosettlement. Humility is the first condition for anyhumane justice. Only God h...
 Service Kindess and compassion Forgiveness and reconciliation Grace
‘theology of the cross’          or ‘theology of glory’?
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  1. 1. THE CROSS AND ETHICS: WHAT HAS THE CROSS GOT TO DO WITH ETHICS? CCL Open Night 8
  2. 2. Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not onlyto the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19For this is agracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrowswhile suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is it if, when you sinand are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do goodand suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sightof God.21For to this you have been called, because Christ alsosuffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you mightfollow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceitfound in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile inreturn; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continuedentrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself boreour sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin andlive to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.25For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned tothe Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:18-25
  3. 3. 1. Freedom2. Insight3. Purpose4. Inclusion5. Adversity6. Style
  4. 4. ch. 15: cross(ch. 29: forgiving)
  5. 5. 1. FREEDOM vv24b-25: ‘He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree … By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.’
  6. 6. John Stott ‘The Cross of Christ’The mysterious unity of the Fatherand the Son rendered it possible forGod at once to endure and to inflictpenal suffering. [Here is] only unfathomable mercy.For in order to save us in such a way as to satisfyhimself, God through Christ substituted himself forus. Divine love triumphed over divine wrath by divineself-sacrifice. The cross was an act simultaneously ofpunishment and amnesty, severity and grace, justiceand mercy.’
  7. 7. 2. INSIGHT v24: ‘He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin … By his wounds you have been healed.
  8. 8. 3. PURPOSE v24: ‘… that we might … live to righteousness.’
  9. 9. 4. INCLUSION v21: ‘For to this youz have been called, because Christ also suffered for youz, leaving youz an example, so that youz might follow in his steps.’
  10. 10. 5. ADVERSITY vv 19—21: ‘For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. ‘For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. ‘For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.’
  11. 11. 6. ‘STYLE’ vv 19—21: ‘For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. ‘For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. ‘For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.’
  12. 12. 6. ‘STYLE’ v 23: ‘When he was reviled,’ says Peter, ‘he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.’
  13. 13. We who settle things are ourselves subject tosettlement. Humility is the first condition for anyhumane justice. Only God has a right to carry justiceto its limits, and, if he did, as Shakespeare asks us,How would you beIf He, who is the tops of judgment, shouldBut judge you as you are? O think on that;And mercy then will breathe within your lipsLike man new made.
  14. 14.  Service Kindess and compassion Forgiveness and reconciliation Grace
  15. 15. ‘theology of the cross’ or ‘theology of glory’?
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