Salvation in Continuity: Reconsidering Matthew's Soteriology by Mothy, Varkey

By Mothy, Varkey

It is obvious that in accordance with Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus got here to “save his humans from their sins” (1:21), to “give his existence as a ransom for plenty of” (20:28), to have his blood “poured out for lots of for the forgiveness of sins” (26:28). but when salvation as promised in 1:21 is accomplished purely via Jesus’ demise, asks Mothy Varkey, are the twenty-five previous chapters simply preamble? Varkey argues, on the contrary, that the major subject matter of salvation within the Gospel is gifted by means of Matthew as being in continuity with God’s saving acts within the heritage of the Jewish humans. extra, Varkey insists that, on account of this theology of continuity, Jesus’ dying at the pass represents only one of the numerous ways that the Gospel offers God’s salvific deeds. The dying of Jesus, whereas precise because of his ontological prestige as Son of God, shouldn't be special too sharply from his saving acts in the course of his earthly ministry, which took the shape of salvific educating of the Torah, healings, exorcisms, and forgiving of sins. the result's a story emphasizing the continuity of salvation all through Jesus lifestyles, achieving into Israel’s previous, and past into the paintings of the disciples.

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