Christologynotes_Jan 11 or Feb 21 2008

Christologynotes_Jan 11 or Feb 21 2008 - Christology Notes...

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Christology – Notes from Alan Combs 1/11/08 4 Basic Points to always keep at the forefront: 1. We are trying to reckon with and always think the reality of God, and thus our reality inside of God’s reality, at the covenantal intersection of Jewish and Gentile existence. Who God is unfolds at the crossroads called the covenant, and the crossroads called the covenant is constituted by Jewish existence and Gentile existence. The separation from the person and work of Christ is a resistance on the part of Gentiles to understand themselves inside of God’s covenant with Israel. 2. How to think not merely about Jesus as securing redemption and salvation apart from who He is. The securing of redemption and salvation is constituted in who Jesus is. It is not a redemption and salvation that is a second movement apart from who Jesus is. It is not a display of who he is, and then a second movement where he can do something for us. To hold such a separation is to posit a separation between the person and work of Jesus. Such a separation lays at the ground and the foundation of the problem of modern theology. We exist in the wake of that separation. We are trying to resist that. This course develops the claim that the work of Christ inheres in and is constituted through his person, through who He is. We must first then take account of who he is before we can take account of what he has done. To understand how we are trying to fuse them is already to make headway in understanding what has been done on our behalf and ultimately what this course is about. We must think our humanity in its totality as being taken up in Jesus’ own flesh, in his own instantiation of what it means to be human, Jesus through the Spirit gives our humanity back to us. In him, it is now a redeemed humanity because of its inherence in Jesus own embodied existence. This is salvation, which only occurs in Jesus’ flesh apart from which there is no salvation. 3. It really comes down to the resurrection. Indeed, how to imagine the resurrected Lord as the One in whose ongoing human flesh in which our salvation inheres. How the resurrection is not just an option. The resurrection is about the perdurance of flesh, the flesh that YHWH has taken up in his hesod toward his covenanted people. For the people of Israel, and therefore for the world. To think inside the resurrected flesh of Jesus because in it is salvation. 4. We must understand Jesus’ fleshly and ongoing existence as a resurrected existence that is communal . It is a resurrected existence in which we live and have our being that is communal . An existence that brings together both Jewish and Gentile existence in his own Jewish flesh is a communal reality and as a communal reality it is fundamentally opened to and opened by the presence of the Spirit. Jesus’ flesh is opened to and opens up a communal reality through the presence of the Spirit. In that strict sense, we are already see that Jesus’ flesh is not individual flesh, though it is individuated. It is not
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course XTIAN- 200 taught by Professor J.kameron carter during the Spring '08 term at Duke.

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Christologynotes_Jan 11 or Feb 21 2008 - Christology Notes...

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