By Kathryn Tanner
Throughout the intensely intimate dating that arises among God and people within the incarnation of the observe in Christ, God offers us the present of God's personal existence. this easy declare presents the root for Kathryn Tanner's strong examine of the centrality of Jesus Christ for all Christian concept and lifestyles: if the divine and the human are united in Christ, then Jesus should be obvious as key to the development that organizes the total, even whereas God's methods stay past our seize. Drawing at the background of Christian proposal to increase an leading edge Christ-centered theology, this booklet sheds clean mild on significant theological matters equivalent to the imago dei, the connection among nature and style, the Trinity's implications for human group, and the Spirit's demeanour of operating in human lives. initially added as Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary, it bargains an artistic and compelling contribution to modern theology.
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His anointing with the Spirit empowers him, moreover, for the work he does (Luke 4:18; Mt 12:18). 53 54 24 Augustine, Literal Meaning of Genesis, trans. Taylor, vol. I, Book 1, chapter 17, section 32, p. 38. Augustine, City of God, Book 10, chapter 2, p. 374; Augustine is agreeing with Plotinus here. HUMAN NATURE Theologians in the early church often interpret these verses together with John 17:19 – “I sanctify myself” – to mean that the holiness of Jesus’ humanity results from the Word’s gift of the Spirit, which is its own by nature, to the humanity united with it as a transformative power of new life.
But much more than this, if human beings are singled out from other creatures by imaging God in these stronger fashions, there must be something unusual about the nature with which they were created that makes sense of that fact. Certain human qualities or capacities that make up the created nature of humans and that therefore image God in the weakest sense must provide the opening for the divine image itself to become their own, present within them, in a way that reforms their humanity according to and in strong imitation of itself.
From prideful wisdom one falls into simple stupidity. All that is left is a weak image in the weakest sense – human capacities themselves as the image of God without that divine Spirit of the Word’s own goodness and truth that allows them to be exercised excellently. Jesus Christ, the perfect human image of God because the perfect divine image, brings human life in himself back to its perfect beginning – the perfect beginning that in a sense never was – so that it might be achieved in a way not susceptible of loss.