The Word of Life in the Witness of the Cross

Paul S. Berge

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 4/1/1988

Issue: The Lure of Heresy (Vol. 8, No 2, Spring, 1988)

The cross and resurrection are inseparable in the Fourth Gospel and 1 John. The triumph of the cross in the gospel indeed expresses the reality of Easter morn. That is to say that a theology of the cross is inseparable from a theology of resurrection. God’s glory or presence (doxa) is most fully known in the cross event. This is not to be mistaken for a theology of triumphalism, for it is precisely in Jesus’ death that God’s love is most fully known. It is upon this theology that 1 John builds, reflecting the gospel tradition for the life of the church in the time following the death and resurrection of Jesus.

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