Dr. Carter - Notes
April 2, 2008
Christological incognito – meets us in the middle, incognito, God meets us in the form of this
The fall is a falling back into the void. But there is healing.
He exists as the form of the servant, and as such is the form of God. That means that God can
be overlooked in the world, as the servant, as the incognito, overlooked in the world, looked right
As God takes the form in our world as the forms that are despised and rejected.
For form of offense that displays his sinfulness. Blessed are you if you are not offended by me.
Even of offense, Jesus takes the form.
Takes the form of the poor, of the poor, of the sick even death itself.
But we can’t get to it by the “HOW” We can only get to it as the WHO – and in looking at the
Who – see the work.
The humiliated God-man IS the stumbling block,. That God is humble. That God is a servant.
The miraculous acts take place in the likeness of flesh. In and as the likeness of flesh, his flesh,
the life of the world. The healings are the functions of his flesh. Formed in orientation to the one
that he called father, as the Son of God, the Israel of God.
Just as his flesh was not self-attesting – that is, its meaning had its locus in the orientation to the
one he called Father. Healing, of itself, is not self-attesting. It is tied to his flesh. Making the
lame to walk, unplugging deaf ears. You can’t just read whtat is to read off the surface of them.
It is part of the incognito of the Son of God. The category of miracle itself belongs to the created
world of the middle. In itself, miracle does not belong to the realm of divinity. Creation, in itself,
does not belong to the realm of Divinity. It belongs to it by the will of God, but not by ontological
necessity. But by God willing it. God willing it into being. That is to say, creation is not
necessary. It is only by the will of God.
The category of miracle is of the created order, so it is not of the created necessity, but of the will
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