2 Corinthians has for a long time seemed to me among the most impressive documents of early Christianity. When I need to remind myself that the Christian message is convincing - still convincing today in spite of our great chronological and cultural distance from its first-century origins - I turn as readily to 2 Corinthians as I do to the gospels, and cannot remember failing to be impressed.
Foreign to Paul’s Arguments
“While I would agree that the law, far from being set aside, exercises its full judicial role in these proceedings (both in condemnation and justification), it would seem foreign to Paul’s arguments to suggest with Wright that the Torah itself, when helped by the Spirit, becomes the source of life and ‘the required δικαιωμα to God’s people.’ To be sure, the ‘circumcision not made with hands’ is part of the promise of the new covenant in Jeremiah 31. yet as in other rival accounts, justification itself takes on the character of moral transformation, according to Wright. Is Paul’s good news really that now that we have the Spirit, we can have life by the law?”
[Michael Horton, Covenant and Justification: Union with Christ, 121]
In Acts 22:17, Ananias tells the newly converted Paul to call on Jesus’ name for the forgiveness of sins, not first of all as ‘lord over the powers,’ ‘redeemer from the exile,’ or ‘sender to the Gentiles.’