Within the story, everything points to the death and resurrection of Jesus as the pivot-point of the ages; the old cosmos has met its end, and God’s eschatological righteousness/justice has broken in upon the preset, making everything new…The distinctive shape of obedience to God is disclosed in Jesus Christ’s faithful death on the cross for the sake of God’s people. That death becomes paradigmatic for the obedience of the community; to obey God means to offer our lives unqualified for the sake of others. Thus, the fundamental norm of Pauline ethics is the christomorphic life. To imitate Christ is also to follow the apostolic example of surrendering one’s own prerogatives and interests.
|—||Richard Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament|