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Paradoxical Victory

“The church is sent into the world to challenge the false pretensions of the prince of the world, not in any power or wisdom or greatness of its own. It is sent in the power of his consecration. Its victory is the paradoxical victory of the cross. It is sent ‘bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in the body’ (II Cor. 4:10). The mission of the church is effected only through participation in the passion of Jesus as he challenges and masters the power of the evil one. And, conversely, there is no participation in Christ without participation in this passion and conflict.”

– Lesslie Newbigin, The Light has Come: An Exposition of the Fourth Gospel (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982), 233.


  1. CTN wrote:

    You should check out David Bosch’s work as well. Have you read anything of his?

    Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 11:41 am | Permalink
  2. wellis68 wrote:

    Great stuff! Really makes me want to go read 2 Corinthians.

    Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

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