Luke 4 and the Justice of God

David L. Tiede

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 1/1/1987

Issue: Justification and Justice (Vol. 7, No 1, Winter, 1987)

Thus when a new group of Scripture readers begins to instruct the church catholic and the world concerning the character and content of God’s justice, those who have been most captured by justification by grace through faith must also take notice. Especially those who preach and teach must consider carefully how effective and faithful this testimony to God’s righteousness is. The Word of God is always reforming the church. Now the text is Luke 4 instead of Romans 3, and the context is largely that of third world Christians calling wealthy first world Christians to listen to the cry of the poor for justice. It is a proclamation of the law of God, offering new hope and dignity to those who have borne the brunt of oppressive economic and political systems, and calling the powerful to repent.

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