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2008-02-01-notes - Christian Ethics J Carter February 1...

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Christian Ethics J. Carter February 1, 2008 A kind of review: Where are we in the course? Who is the Christological person of Jesus Christ in the soteriological work of Jesus Christ, in the  context of the current theological method of dropping the work into the body. We’re refusing to separate the body of Jesus from the work of Jesus. We’re entering into the work of Jesus as displayed in the person / body of Jesus.  What we’re  discovering is that we don’t own this body. What we’re trying to do is defamiliarize ourselves from Jesus, make him strange.  It is in HIM that  we live and move and have our being, rather than him being dropped into US, so that we own  him. Having been received by him, means that we can not lord over him.  We must receive ourselves  in being received by him. But to feel the full force of this, we need to understand the full structure.  The internal structure. His identity comes into fuller focus. What is this deep structure of Jesus’ identity – the inner logic?  It is the story of Israel.  This is not  a logic as the Western idea of logic.  It is the meaning and person of Jesus that is the logic.  When you look at Jesus, you look at the covenant in the flesh, robed in history, vowel pointed of  the unutterable name of YHWH. Over the past two weeks, we’ve been looking into the very identity of Israel in order to understand  who Jesus is.  Organic link between who YHWH is and who ISRAEL is, and who Jesus is and  who ISRAEL is.   This One is the One whose name is nameless:  YHWH:  I AM WHO I AM. YHWH – all consonants – no vowels.  In the strictest sense, it’s a name that can’t be spoken.  All  of what we’ve been saying… we’ve been unfolding the covenant of YHWH with these people to  express it with the deepest concision (conviction ha ha) that he is able to muster.  The inner logic  and reality of who Jesus is IS YHWH’s covenant with the nation and people of Israel.  The  Page 1 of 7
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determination of who Jesus is IS YHWH’s covenant with the people Israel and through them with  the world.  And therefore Covenant is the inner structure, the logic of Jesus in the world. Unfold the covenant of YHWH to Israel in order to find out who the person, the inner logic, of  Jesus. Yet he has chosen not to simply use the word “covenant”.  It’s necessary to unfurl the layers.  Two layers so far.
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