The Christian Looks at Himself

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1975 - 152 pagini
What kind of self-image should Chritians have? Should they see themselves primarily as unworthy sinners before a holy God? The biblical view, Anthony A. Hoekema argues in this readable study, is that humanity, having been made in God's own image, was the capstone of God's creation. Even when we fell, God considered us of such worth that he gave up his only Son to redeem humanity. And in Christ, as Paul makes plain, we are made into new creatures. This does not mean that the redeemed live a life of sinless perfection; it does mean that what is most distinctive about them is the new life they have in Christ. And this new life entitles Christians to a self-image that is essentially positive. Accepting the biblical view of our worth can be difficult for Christians burdened with feelings of guilt. How can such Christians learn to see themselves in better light? And how can others in the Christian community - preachers, counselors, teachers, and parents - help fellow members to attain the positive self-image that is essential to the Christian faith? Part Two of The Christian Looks at Himself offers concrete answers to these questions and in doing so points up the social dimension of being in Christ. As Christians accepts themselves as creatures made new in Christ, so in love they must also fully accept fellow Christians as recreated in that same Christ. ANTHONY A. HOEKEMA (1913-1988) was former professor emeritus of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His other books include Created in God's Image, Saved by Grace, and The Bible and the Future.

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THE BIBLICAL BACKGROUND
25
The Exhilaration of Forgiveness
31
Old and New Man
41
Life in the Spirit
49
The New Creature
54
Romans Seven
61
Sinless Perfection?
68
Christian Acceptance
77
In Christ Together
85
IMPLEMENTATION
93
What Can Others Do About It?
102
The Joy of Christian Fellowship
124
Bibliography
143
Index of Names and Subjects
145
Index of Scriptures
150
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Pagina 80 - I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.
Pagina 26 - For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Pagina 33 - For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Pagina 45 - Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him...
Pagina 91 - Neither for these only do I pray, but for them also that believe on me through their word; that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us : that the world may believe that thou didst send me.
Pagina 39 - ... and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood...
Pagina 28 - For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Pagina 22 - You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, " but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

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