Christ Crucified

“Paul did not think of crucifixion with Christ as a once-for-all event of the past…On the contrary, ‘I have been crucified with Christ’; that is, I have been nailed to the cross with Christ and am in that state still; I am still hanging with Christ on that cross. The implication for the process of salvation is clear; since resurrection with Christ comes at the end point, then in a sense (in terms of soteriological effect) Christ remains the crucified one until the parousia, and those crucified with Christ continue to be crucified with Christ throughout the period of overlap…God has dealt with the problem and power of sin by condemning sin in the flesh, that is, in Christ’s death.”     (James D. G. Dunn, The Theology of Paul the Apostle, pgs. 485, 183)