Salvation it seems, has in today's world, been domesticated and localized to the current phrase:
The just shall live by faith...
As much as this notion is correct in its content, it appears to have been abused and minimized from its context. Did the apostle when he cites this reference from Habakkuk 2:4 and the anonymous writer to the book of hebrews really mean life in a forensic-one-time justified sense only?
Thursday, December 01, 2005
After explicating the fact, that even the former covenant had glory, and as he thinks aloud in a theological moment saying: "fading as it was", he then comments on the sad plight of Moses, having to put a covering over his face, so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away; the apostle turns to what he knows to be the new/(re)newed covenant, and gloats in its prospect. Understanding the direct correlation of the Spirit, as God's Own Presence/Glory, Paul expands on the reality that the veil is taken away, and that the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom/liberty. Then finishing up his "tangent", he sweetly holds forth the echo of the ancient prophets, concerning this rich inheritance: "from glory to glory!"