Christos Economou, Professor
On Sunday 26 June, Professor Economou spoke at the Monastery of Kykkos, Cyprus, interpreting the Epistle reading for the day (Rom. 2, 10-16).
The first point has to do with the law of the Old Testament. It’s the revelation of God through the history of Israel, and for this reason the Old Testament is of enormous importance for both history and civilization, because it has Jesus Christ himself as its point of reference, who is the Messiah and redeemer of the world. This is why the Old and New Testaments can’t be separated even though some ignorant and uneducated people would like to think of the Old Testament as merely a book about the history of Israel, of no interest to us. Theologically, it’s the foundation stone of the messianic expectation of the coming of Christ, the Messiah and redeemer of the world. This is the reason why Christ assures us that he came ‘not to abolish’ the law of the Old Testament, but ‘to fulfil it’.