Salvation in Continuity: Reconsidering Matthew's Soteriology - Emerging Scholars by Mothy Varkey
It is clear that according to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus came "to save his people from their sins" (1:21), "to give his life a ransom to many" (20:28), that…
Salvation in Continuity synopsis
It is clear that according to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus came "to save his people from their sins" (1:21), "to give his life a ransom to many" (20:28), that his blood pours "for much forgiveness from sins" (26:28). But if the deliverance as promised in 1:21 is achieved only through the death of Jesus, asks Moty Varkey, are the previous twenty-five chapters merely a preamble? Farkey argues, on the contrary, that the main subject of salvation in the Gospel is presented by Matthew as a continuation of God's salvation in the history of the Jewish people.
Moreover, Farkey insists that, as a result of this theology of continuity, Jesus' death on the cross is just one of the many ways in which the Gospel offers the salvation of God. The death of Jesus, while unique because of his ontological status as the Son of God, should not be sharply distinguished from his salvation through his earthly service, which took the form of salvationeducation of the Torah, healing, exorcism, and remission of sins.
The result is an account that emphasizes the continuity of salvation in the life of Jesus, and reaches the past of Israel, and beyond to the work of disciples.
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