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Quotes from Clowney

Here are a couple of highlight quotes from the first 60 pages of Ed Clowney’s The Church. So far (as hoped for), it is awesome. Christ is truly where all the promises of God find their Yes.

“The zeal, the jealousy of God, that burned against Israel’s idols still flames against any substitute for his beloved Son in the worship of his creatures.”
-Pg. 56

How is the church related to Israel in the Old Testament? Clowney answers:

“Because Jesus is one with the Father, his people are God’s chosen people, the true Israel of God….Who, then, is the heir of God’s promises? Christ…  Those who are united to Christ are heirs in him of all the promises of God. “
-Pg. 42-43

As the apostle put it, “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Gal 3:29)!!

And one more lengthy quote about the story of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:

“That Jesus fulfilled the symbolism of the temple is made clear in his conversation with the woman by Jacob’s well in Sychar…What did Jesus say? ‘Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem’ (Jn 4:21)…..Is Jesus teaching that worship cannot be localized? Since God is omnipresent Spirit, he can be worshiped anywhere. But Jesus does not say that God can be worshiped either on Gerizim or in Jerusalem. He says the opposite: neither this mountain nor Jerusalem. Further, Jesus announces  great change in the coming time (literally, the ‘hour’). What is the hour that is coming, and has indeed already come?……In the Gospel of John, the coming hour is the hour of Christ’s death and resurrection. That hour changes everything.

What Jesus declared to the woman was not temple-less worship; it was worship at the true Temple, pitched by God not man. There, God her Father seeks her worship: not on the top of Gerizim, or at the end of the dusty trail to Jerusalem, but at the feet of Jesus.
-Pg. 44-46 (emphasis mine)


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