Book Meme Rules
1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
Just so happens the nearest book to me at the moment is "Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free" by F. F. Bruce. It's an old reprint (Eerdmans) that I finished reading a few weeks ago and am keeping handy so I can dictate notes into the computer. (I love voice-recognition software!) So...
The fifth sentence happens to be in the middle of page 123. (This is an exegetical type work with humongously long sentences.)
But it is in Paul that the presentation of Christ as the image of God is worked out most fully and consistently, with its corollary of the increasing transformation of the people of Christ into that same image by the power of the indwelling Spirit, until nothing remains of the earthly image in those who finally display the image of the heavenly man. Man, according to the Old Testament, was made in God's image and for his glory: in the order of creation he is, as Paul says, 'the image and glory of God'. It is difficult to dissociate Paul's portrayal of the risen Christ as the second man, the last Adam, from his view of Christ as the image of God and the revealer of his glory.That was three sentences. Too bad I had to stop there; the fourth was really good.
Now, to tag five people! Blanca (this should help you get your book blog going!), Sr. Lorraine (and happy feast day to you), Lisa, RAnn (who has been writing about books anyway), and Veritas (even though it's a bit out of your usual focus; maybe you'd rather do it in my comments?).