not souls, but wholes

This is from N. T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope, p.199-200, it especially made me think:

To suppose that we are saved, as it were, for our own private benefit, for the restoration of our own relationship with God (vital though that is!), and for our eventual homecoming and peace in heaven (misleading though that is!) is like a boy being given a baseball bat as a present and insisting that since it belongs to him, he must always and only play with it in private.  But of course you can only do what you’re meant to do with a baseball bat when you’re playing with other people.  And salvation only does what it’s meant to do when those who have been saved, are being saved, and will one day fully be saved realize that they are saved not as souls but as wholes and not for themselves alone but for what God now longs to do through them.


2 thoughts on “not souls, but wholes

  1. Brandon,
    I just came across this post of yours today and had to laugh because I posted about the same thing on August 12.
    I’ve been reading Surprised by Hope as well and have been challenged a great deal. I definitely think Wright is on to something with his whole salvation model, but I think he’s kind of forgotten the eminence of the spiritual side. I don’t know if I’ll stick with that conclusion, I still have a few chapters left to read and I’ve not been able to lately since everything is packed in boxes right now. I’d like to hear your thoughts on what I posted. Hope all is well with you and Leah.

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