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Historical Vindication

May 12, 2008

Solomon prays to YHWH in his dedication of the Temple:  “Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.” (1 Kings 8:32)

Sometimes I can see where N.T. Wright is coming from.  Only the KJV translated TSEDIK in this verse as “to justify.”  The ESV has “vindicate.”  It is obvious that this reference is to a historia salutis type of justification.  We either don’t recognize that this type exists or relegate its importance.  Or perhaps we’re afraid that the historia hermeneutic will trump the ordo.  If I can be a bit radical for a moment:  I propose the historia as symbolic of the ordo.  What God has done objectively is a sign of what he extends to the subjective.  Jesus’ resurrection is a sign of God’s desire that all creation be recreated, that the recreation has begun.  

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