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Barth's Theology of Relations, part 5

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This post continues looking at Gary Deddo's two-volume book, "Karl Barth's Theology of Relations (Trinitarian, Christological, and Human: Towards an Ethic of the Family)." For other posts in this series, click a number: 123, 4.

Last time we looked at key points in Barth's Christological anthropology, noting that the humanity of Jesus reveals the essence of what it means to be human as "beings-in-relationship." In this post we'll learn more about Barth's perspective on this essential truth and our response to it.

In the relationship between Jesus and God, his Father, we learn that to be truly and fully human means to be a being-in-relationship in three ways: from God, to God, and with GodThese three dynamic, active ways of being for God constitute the content of the relationship between Jesus and God, and thus the relationship between humanity (born again in Jesus) and God. As Gary notes, Barth teaches that "God is a relational being-in…

God's plan to renew the cosmos in Christ

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We're all familiar with this passage in the Gospel of John:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17 ESV) The word "world," which is "kosmos" in Greek, is perhaps better translated into our English word "cosmos." Indeed, the eternal Son of God became human via the Incarnation to bring restoration (salvation) both to humankind and the rest of God's good creation (i.e. the entire cosmos).


It's no stretch then to connect John's powerful "umbrella" statement with what we learn from science about God's activity in creating the cosmos---the cosmos he now is working to restore (renew, save). As noted in How I Changed My Mind About Evolution: Evangelicals reflect on faith and science (IVP 2016; Kathryn Appelgate and …

Union in Christ: A Declaration for the Church

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In the spirit of the ancient Creeds, here is a statement of core Christian beliefs and commitments that reflects an incarnational Trinitarian perspective. It appears in "Union in Christ: A Declaration for the Church" (eds. Andrew Purves and Mark Achtemeier).

With the witness of Scripture and the Church through the ages we declare:1. Jesus Christ is the gracious mission of God to the world and for the world:
He is Emmanuel and SaviorOne with the FatherGod incarnate as Mary’s sonLord of allThe truly human oneHis coming transforms everythingHis Lordship casts down every idolatrous claim to authorityHis incarnation discloses the only path to GodHis life shows what it means to be humanHis atoning death reveals the depth of God’s love for sinnersHis bodily resurrection shatters the powers of sin and death2. The Holy Spirit joins us to Jesus Christ by grace alone, uniting our life with his through the ministry of the Church:
In the proclamation of the Word, the Spirit calls us to repe…

Torrance sermons on Revelation

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T.F. Torrance's sermons covering the book of Revelation are found in his book The Apocalypse Today. Jonathan Klies has helpfully excerpted from those sermons in a series of posts on his Reformissioblog: The apocalypse of Jesus Christ (Rev. 1)The king and his church (Rev. 2-3)Beyond chaos (Rev. 4)The lion-like power of a lamb-like weakness (Rev. 5) The wrath of the Lamb (Rev. 6)The seal of God (Rev. 7)Prayer falls burning (Rev. 8)The bottomless pit of the human heart (Rev. 9)The bitter sweetness of the Word of God (Rev. 10)The two witnesses (Rev. 11)The kingdom of heaven suffers violence (Rev. 12)The mystery of iniquity (Rev. 13)The triumph of the gospel (Rev. 14)The wrath of God’s holy love (Rev. 15)The wrath of the Lamb (Rev. 16)Fallen is Babylon the great (Rev. 17-18)The Word of God victorious (Rev. 19)The final judgment (Rev. 20)The new heaven and the new earth (Rev. 21)Come Lord Jesus (Rev. 22)