For Paul, Christ is the central and most crucial character in the human drama, and everything Paul says about all other aspects of the Story is colored and affected by this conviction. This becomes obvious even in unexpected ways and places. For instance, 1 Cor. 10:4 reveals not only that Paul reads the story of Israel in the light of his Christian faith but also that he believes Christ was already part of that story even during the Exodus-Sinai events. Indeed, Paul believes the one he calls Christ was already present and active before the human story began, even active in the creation of 5 the universe (cf. 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:15-17). In Paul’s view, one is always in danger of saying too little about Jesus Christ, not too much.” Ben Witherington III “Paul’s Narrative Thought World: The Tapestry of Tragedy and Triumph (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994)”
About The Author
Rev. Bernhard Seter has been a Pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for 40 years. He served on the Board of LCMS World Relief and Human Care for ten years and is now the Chairman of the Board of International Missions. He has been privileged to travel around the world and see the churches mercy work in action. He is convinced it is not only what we are "compelled" to do because of Christ; it is what we have been baptized for. Christ love compels us, constrains us and sends us forth.