Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 14:1 (Spring 1993)
Article: Editorial
Author: Douglas Moo


Douglas Moo

We cannot truly assess and appreciate our Christian identity and experience without correctly locating them in the overall sweep of God’s plan in history. Who we are and what we do are inevitably rooted in what God himself in this stage of his plan for the world is doing. This insight is the motif that runs through the four articles we feature in this fascicle.

Don Howell leads off, appropriately, with a wide-ranging summary of Paul’s characteristic salvation-historical perspective. Brought together beautifully in a broad panorama are many of Paul’s key theological motifs and texts. Here, Howell suggests, is a basic pauline framework that must inform our exegesis of text after text. One such text is Paul’s letter to the Romans, as Chip Anderson shows. Tackling a text often overlooked by exegetes in their desire to get into the “meat” of Romans, Anderson shows how sound some of the key motifs that Paul will develop in the course of his complicated argument. Ultimately it is a proper understanding of the time in which the Roman church—and the contemporary church as well—exists that undergirds Paul’s very practical purpose.

A book sometimes left to the side when questions of salvation history are brought up is Hebrews. But Mark Saucy tries to show that the author of this enigmatic book works with a very definite conception of the period in which the church now finds itself—a conception that we must understand if we are to assess properly what it is in this age that Christ is—and is not—doing. Our final article takes us to the end of the New Testament and to the book that is sometimes thought to be rather irrelevant to the time in which we now live. My colleague Grant Osborne, however, shows how wrong such an understanding of the Revelation is. Its interpretation of human experience from a divine perspective

provides critical insight into the frustrations that we feel as we seek to worship and serve a righteous God in a most unrighteous age.

We are excited to announce that our next fascicle will deal with a range of bio-medical issues. In keeping with our mission, we will offer articles that shed light on current issues and practices from a solid biblical and theological perspective. Some of the issues that we will address are: the biblical teaching about the beginning of life and its implications for abortion; the morality of in vitro fertilization and the use of frozen embryos; and the use of “extraordinary” measures to prolong human life.

Finally, I draw your attention to the final pages of this fascicle. You will find there a complete listing of TrinJ fascicles that are stil...

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