Living the Double Life

Luther says that in Christ every Christian leads a kind of double life. In Philemon, Paul is not just a prisoner, he is also the embodiment of Christ, who reconciles and pays our debts. Lutheran scholar John Nordling observes:

There is a double life: my own, which is natural or animate [naturalis vel animalis];  and an alien life [aliena],  that of  Christ in me. So far as my animate life is concerned, I am dead and am now living an alien life. I am not living as Paul now, for Paul is dead.” “Who, then, is  living?”  “The Christian.”

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About Uri Brito

I am the Pastor of Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola, Fl.
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