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Speaking this way He does not take His place behind a lectern to teach a system that carries His own name, but He takes His place among all the prophets; and even when He shows Himself to be more than these, as their “fulfilment,” He can never be separated from them. This is most “disappointing”; this “Jesus” considers it an honour that no lectures on His “own” rules are to be expected from Him. He came, as He says, not to destroy the Godgiven “Law” (torah) but to fulfil it. “To fulfil” is not the same as “to destroy” (by means of His “own” system), and also not the same as “to add unto”.
However, in this train of thought there are several twists which weaken the conclusion that the term “common grace” is applicable here. Certainly it is true that sin is being “restrained” and that the curse has not been fully poured out upon the world. However, the same thing can be said about the obedience which in Christ Jesus was again permitted to Christ and Culture 61 become a gift of God's free grace and which by the power of Christ's Spirit also was able to become a gift of this favour. ” But neither of these terms would have a scientific basis.
Culture as the systematic endeavour of the developing sum-total of human beings towards the acquisition of the aggregate of labour, is hereby already formally dissolving itself. For by acting this way people attack the system: the confusion of tongues is a matter of punishment, but it is then promptly presented as a good thing. This formal dissolution is the fruit of a material falling away from God. Faith in His covenant word was forsaken. The idea of man's office was thereby abandoned. Earnestness gave way to play and to play-culture (sport-infatuation, four columns of sport reviews to half a column of Church news; big capitals for the winner of a match but not a single letter for the cause of spiritual struggle even in “Christian” newspapers).
Christ and Culture by Klaas Schilder