Christian Theology 32
October 17, 2007
What do we want to accomplish this week? Week 8.
#1. Final touches on Part 2, “We believe in the Son”
The formation of the world in Christ. With each of these lectures, building out of part 1 of the
We sought to examine how in Christ Israel’s coventential story finds its climax in the life, death
Jesus’s life re-tells the story of Israel. He is Israel’s first born son. Let my son go that he may
worship me. He is not only his first-born son, he is also his only begotten son. By his difference
from the Father, he can be his exegesis, his translator.
If the Son is the exegesis of the Father, the Spirit is the isogesis of the Father – through the
Spirit , we are interpreted into the life of the father. He is the translator of the Father. He brings
us into the light of the Son. And the son turns us back to the Father.
His life is continuous with Israel, saying a Yes to the father.
Israel is also called to be YHWH’s translator to the world.
But there was a problem, and it’s not covered up in their sacred texts. While Israel is an obedient
people, inside they are a sinning people. Inside their obedience, there is disobedience. Inside
their “yes”, they utter these “no’s”.
Israel as sinner, as the people who say “yes”, they also say “no”, they reveal the place of the
Gentiles who have said “no” to YHWH and “yes” to themselves.
In Jesus, there is the recapitualation of Jesus’ story, the biography of these people such that
Jesus saves these people. He came for the lost sheep of Israel. Yes, he came for us, the
Gentiles, but he came for the Gentiles only through the mediation of the people of Israel. The
people through their election have a special election with YHWH – in coming to Israel, he came
through the translation of the Israelites. It mediates, it passes through the unique people of
YHWH. The structure of mediation that is built into Christian soteriology, Israel mediates
redemption, mediates salavation, to the Gentiles. This is at the core of Christian soteriology. The
doctrine of salvation, under the broad doctrine of Christiology. Human redemption is contained
within the unique relationship of YHWH’s relationship with Israel.
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