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Seeing the life hidden within the dead wood... sinking roots down so that our arms may ascend to heaven... penitence so we may have the joy of absolution. I liked all these sentences. This is the thinking at heart within protestant spirituality (at least I believe traditionally speaking). It is the core of what today in evangelicalism is called the gospel centered life, which really is a sacramental life of hearing the gospel. It is a legal scheme to be sure which can disconnect the resurrection from the cross as an optional extra, but a Christus Victor that triumphs over enemies must need also triumph over the enemy within, less it be a hollow victory unable to cleanse the conscience. The cross and the resurrection must go together indeed.

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