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J.B. Phillips | New Testament Christianity

J.B. Phillips | New Testament Christianity

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J.B. Phillips, known for his Bible translation, on how Christians ought to follow the New Testament's model of behaviour.
J.B. Phillips, known for his Bible translation, on how Christians ought to follow the New Testament's model of behaviour.

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 J·B·PHILLIPS
New Testament Christianity
 
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 New Testament Christianity
, contents
Contents
1. Explanation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32. The angels’ point of view . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123. God makes news . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174. The faith-faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20a. The faith-faculty in the New Testament . . . . . . . . 24b. ‘Faith’ in the Young Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27c. ‘Faith’ in today’s world . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315. Ground for hope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346. Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46a. The temptation to imitate love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50b. The temptation to hate oneself . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52c. The temptation to separate love of God from love of people . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53d. The temptation to feel that people are not worth loving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 557. The love-deficiency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 578. Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59a. The problem of self-pleasing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60b. The resolving of inner conflicts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61c. The sharing of life with God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62d. Realisation of adequate resources . . . . . . . . . . . . 62e. Peace as a positive gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63. Alignment with the Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 639. Christian maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6510. Christian service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7311. Some conclusions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
 New Testament Christianity
, copyright 1956 by J.B. Phillips.
 
 New Testament Christianity
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1. Explanation
‘New Testament Christianity.’ The critic will probably ask as he picksup this book: ‘Is this an attempt to distil the teaching of those early Chris-tian documents which we call the New Testament, or is it an attempt tocontrast the vigorous and vivid life of the Young Church with the frequentlyover-organized and sometimes laboured movement of the Church to-day?’The critic may well feel dubious as to whether there is such a definite phe-nomenon as ‘New Testament Christianity’ at all, since evidence of life inthe early Church is somewhat scanty. He may further reflect that all themajor divisions which so sadly separate the world-wide Church owe their divergence of opinion almost entirely to their interpretations of this sameNew Testament. He may therefore conclude that the author of this book, in writing of ‘New Testament Christianity’ is describing something which maynever have had any real coherent existence. He may also feel that it is mostunfair to compare the concentrated vigour of a small newly-formed sect witha world-wide organization confronted by problems on a scale unknown to the Young Church and harried by tensions and pressures which could only haveexisted nineteen hundred years ago in a much simplified form.Since there is some truth in what this imaginary critic is feeling, I feelthere must be an Explanation at the beginning of this book. I fear that thismust of necessity be somewhat lengthy, but I trust that the reader will readit patiently, for it is necessary for the understanding of the burden of thisbook.First, I think I may fairly claim that as a translator of all the New Testa-ment (except the book of Revelation) I am in a somewhat unique position. Ido not in the least mean that I am a unique person, and indeed most of myown work of translation has been carried out not in the seclusion of a schol-ar’s study but in the middle of the busy life of a Church of England Vicar.But I am in an unusual position, for not very many people have lived in closecontact with the Greek of the New Testament for some fourteen years. Thetranslator is bound to feel the enormous spiritual energy, indeed, in its truest

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