The Confession of Christ (Part Two): Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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  1. Michael says:

    “You see, in the orthodox view, in his death and resurrection, Christ’s hand reaches back to the very beginning to grasp the hands of Adam and Eve while, at the same instant, he reaches forward through the millennia to grasp our hand – yours and mine. He grasps our hands as individuals and as a community of faith to bring us into the life of God himself in the Trinity. In assuming all, He heals all… In the words of the Orthodox hymn, “Thou brought Adam to life, Eve dances with joy and the ends of the earth know thy glory”.

    That…is a theological game changer…for those who stop to think about…

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael,

    I think this is what Michael Ramsey tried to get across in his writing. It’s deeply rooted in the thought of the early Church…

  3. Michael says:

    Duane,

    Most of my theological training was centered on the Cross with the Incarnation as an after thought. Learning that we have to take all the acts of Christ as a whole is a whole new (ancient) paradigm…

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    Agreed. When you think about it, however, it makes sense. We always say that when considering a text, one has to be aware of the context. The context for the Cross, the Resurrection, the Gospel accounts and all the rest is the Incarnation. When we focus on only one event or act, we miss the broader meaning…

  5. Captain Kevin says:

    Fantastic post, Duane! While reading this, the following Third Day song came up on my playlist:

    “Praise the Invisible, praise the Immortal One
    Praise God Incarnate, praise Father, Spirit, Son
    For He is God, for He is holy
    For He holds the keys to the grave
    And forever He will reign”

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    #5 CK

    Many thanks!

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    When we speak of the incarnation I want to be clear that we are back at conception and almighty God hidden away in Mary’s womb for 9 months in various stages of development and not at the birth.
    Would I be correct in assuming that is the meaning in this discussion?

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    We’ll get to that specifically next week… but that is essentially correct. Of course, if he is the Lamb slain before the foundations of the earth, the Incarnation has yet other implications.

  9. JoelG says:

    Thank you Duane. This really made me think.

  10. Duane Arnold says:

    Joel

    So pleased… it really is the heart of the Faith.

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