Today’s quote takes us way back to 1969.
The ‘fact of Christ’ is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus interpreted by the apostles. Apart from their faith, the very name of Jesus would be unknown to us; there would be no ‘fact of Christ’ for us to believe in. Like other facts of history, the fact of Christ is available to us now because of the judgment of contemporaries about its significance. The ‘fact’ cannot be had in isolation from the judgment, even though the judgment is always subject to our critical examination.
To claim finality for Christ is to endorse the judgment of the apostles that in this life, death and resurrection God himself was uniquely present and that therefore the meaning and origin and end of all things was disclosed; it is to join with the apostles in making this judgment.
Lesslie Newbigin, The Finality of Christ. London, SCM Press, 1969. 75, 76.