Christian mysticism notes
Belief that Jesus was/is fully divine, as well as fully human: makes Christian faith distinctive.
Always a “both/and” perspective.
Jesus not simply another creature.
In John, understood that
as the Word/Logos he existed with God (the Father) and as God from “the beginning” (a state
prior to time), prior to his conception as the son of Mary, prior to the creation of the word.
Creation as a function of God’s speech, of which Jesus was/is the eternal utterance as the
Yet Jesus also fully human. In this way, he is not the Creator, that the Father,
but the divine power in and as a human being who heals and saves, intent on righting a
sickened human nature.
Also notion of God as the Trinity:
A perfect community.
No divisions, yet
The singleness of God brims with light, life and love.
The Father generates the
The Son, incarnate in Jesus, expresses the Father fully.
The Spirit: the love between the
Father and Son.
For early Christian theologians:
Jesus achieved, in principle, the reworking of human nature,
like a new Adam.
Previously, humans suffered from Sin – innately alienated from God.
Grace: God’s unmerited response to sin.
Leads to hope for glory: complete fulfillment in God.
Christian hope that Christ will return to consummate history and usher in the time of glory:
belief that what Jesus has accomplished in principle ought to manifest fully to create a perfect
union of human nature and God, where humans become like God: deathless, filled with bliss.
Christian community as the body of Christ, the branches of his vine.
The spiritual life coursing
through that body is the life of Christ himself, what he enjoys with the Father and the Spirit as
the incarnate Word.
Letters of Paul: place the death and resurrection of Jesus at their center.
(Matthew, Mark and Luke): center on Jesus as announcing the dawning of the Kingdom of
John: center on Jesus as incarnating divinity, the sign of what God is like.
deathless, eternal, holy.
The divine Word in flesh.
Mystical experience of Jesus?
Hard to say.