how to tell the biblical story in a way that makes a difference

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From another point of view, the ’political’ version of the salvation of Israel is itself a compressed interpretation, ignoring the wider ramifications of the story. It can be argued that Israel always was the arena for God’s actions as a witness to the nations, on behalf of the nations, and finally for the nations, with the promises to Abraham as the mainspring. 

It follows that the death of Jesus, particularly as described in Romans 3 and 4, fulfilled the story, ’modern evangelicalism’ notwithstanding. This interpretation provides a more adequate explanation of the gifts of grace: ‘leaving behind the old self’, ‘inclusion’, ’Spirit’, as directly consequential to that death, and not disconnectedly or randomly given.