Importance of a Preposition

In 14 Book Corner on 2011/04/21 at 2:00 PM

The preposition “for” has tremendous importance in the history of redemption.

“The Son…gave his life as a ransom FOR many.” (MK 10:45)

“Christ died FOR our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.” (I Cor. 15:3)

“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is FOR you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  (I Cor.15:23-24)

“Recent theology has rightly underlined the use of the word “for” in all four (Gospel) accounts, a word that may be considered the key not on only for the Last Supper account, but to the figure of Jesus overall.  His entire being is expressed by the word “pro-existence” – he is there, not for himself, but for others.  This is not merely a dimension of his existence, but its innermost essence and its entirety.  His very being is a “being-for”.  If we are able to grasp this, then we have truly come close to the mystery of Jesus, and we have understood what discipleship is.”

Ratzinger, Joseph (Pope Benedict XVI) JESUS OF NAZARETH, Part Two. Ignatius Press.


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