January 31, 2008

Liturgical Ethics

Here's another gem from Kleinig's Leviticus commentary:

Like the book of Leviticus, the NT does not inculcate a system of natural ethics based on universal human values that promote harmony within the order of creation. Instead, the NT proclaims a system of liturgical ethics--the ethics of holiness--a heavenly lifestyle for God's people on earth. The NT presupposes that all Christians are involved in the Divine Service that is enacted by the church together with Christ in the heavenly sanctuary. They are all priests who serve together with Christ their High Priest. They are also God's earthly sanctuary, the temple of the living God.

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