Knowing Who You Are: Eight Surprising Images of Christian Identity by Malcolm Gill
Malcolm Gill, Knowing Who You Are: Eight Surprising Images of Christian Identity, Wipf & Stock, 2015.
Throughout the history of the church, many excellent books have been written addressing the theological significance of Christian identity. Such works have delineated important doctrines such as adoption, justification, and sanctification. While these studies of being “in Christ” have been fruitful, and numerous, they have often neglected one of the most useful tools in understanding Christian identity, namely, the use of metaphor. A search of Scripture reveals that Jesus and his apostles frequently utilized images from everyday life to illustrate spiritual truths about our identity. In this fresh work, Knowing Who You Are invites the reader to explore eight lesser-known images of Christian identity found in the New Testament. Among others, the author investigates how being a Christian is like being a boxer in ancient Corinth, a citizen in Philippi, a farmer in Galilee, and a sheep in a flock. This engaging assessment of first-century images will draw the reader in and leave them challenged, encouraged, and often surprised as they discover afresh what it means to be ”Christian.”
About the author: Malcolm Gill lectures in New Testament, Greek, and Preaching at Sydney Missionary and Bible College.