Christian Theology 32
November 14, 2007
Spirit of Christian Life, the Spirit is that which impresses itself upon flesh.
The Christian Life is a Christological reality, because it unfolds between baptism and eucharist.
[Between repentance and thanksgiving shared together. Between cleansing and forgiveness
given by Jesus crucifiction and sacrifice.]
The fullness of Christ’s body, of his person, of his work. The spirit incorporates us into the
fullness of that into us. The spirit then unpacks that fullness into us into a completeness.
The movement of the unfolding is what is called the Christian life. Because we participate in
Christ’s life. It follows the itinerary of Christ’s existence.
At 35,000 feet: Every essentialism, as the post-modernisms have called our attention to as a
problem, of race, of gender, of sexuality, it thwarted. When you think of the movement between
baptism and eucharist, every essentialism is thwarted. Doesn’t mean that you should think as a
post-modernist – you should think as a theologian.
The Christian life is the performance of a Christological performance. It is Christ’s own life in us.
When Gregory looks into as it were himself to analyze his own existence, he sees himself as an
icon – all he sees is Christ in himself trying to work himself out in Gregory. When he looks in
himself, he doesn’t see himself, he sees Christ in himself trying to work himself out.
Once you say that, you can see why every essentialism is out. Christians should be ashamed
Colossians 1: And you who are aliens, Gentiles, has Christ now reconciled to Israel: How? In
the body of his flesh, in his death, through his death, to present you … of this gospel, I am made
a minister, even of this mystery that has been hidden through the ages… To make known what is
the glory of the riches of the ages…. The mystery. The mystery is that it is in YOU – the
What many did not see as following from the covenant is that Christ would be in the Gentiles –
that Christ in you, the hope of Glory – in the Gentiles. [and the mystery continues in the 7
so we Christians must beaware.]
The flashpoint of the reconciliation of the uniting, of the binding, is the flesh, the crucified flesh of
the Israel of God. Thus it is the mystery not so much of Israel in Christ. Because Jesus’ mystery
is to Israel. The mystery is of Gentile inclusion in this phenomenon. This is the mystery that has
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