Generous omnipotence

Originally posted on Perichoresis:

rembrandt-the-return-of-the-prodigal-son-the-hermitage-st-petersburg-prodig26-1In the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad is one of the finest collections of art masterpieces in the world. Most impressive of all are the Rembrandts that have been brought together in that one museum. Rembrandt’s last painting, found in his apartment at the time of his death in 1669, is there. Still unfinished, but totally compelling and powerful, this is his interpretation of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, entitled Return of the Prodigal. Rembrandt has shown the father with his hands upon the shoulders of his son who has come home. The face and hands of the father totally command the attention of all who experience this profound theological interpretation of Jesus’ parable. The hands are not the clutching hands of oppression, but the generous hands of salvation and freedom.

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…….on the ‘Duality’ of the Nature of Jesus Christ…. and the’ Triune’ Nature of Godhead!

‘In the Blessed Trinity one Divine Nature subsists in three divine Hypostases (or Persons), who possess a real and identical nature in common; whereas in Christ two distinct and complete natures, one divine, the other human, subsist in one Hypostasis, i. e., the Divine Person of the Logos.

Or, to put it somewhat differently, the Blessed Trinity forms a real Trinity of Persons in an absolute Unity of Nature, whereas in Christ there is a duality of Natures in an absolute Unity of Person.

This twofold element in the constitution of the Godman is clearly stated in the ‘Athanasian Creed’

 

“For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man ; God, of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the substance of His mother, born in the world ; perfect God, and perfect Man : of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting; equal to the Father, as touching His Godhead: and inferior to the Father, as touching His Manhood. Who although He be God and Man: yet He is not two, but one Christ; one; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh: but by taking of the Manhood into God; one altogether; not by confusion of substance : but by unity of Person.”

‘CHRISTOLOGY’   A DOGMATIC TREATISE ON THE INCARNATION’

by THE REVEREND JOSEPH POHLE, PH.D., D.D.1916


……the Mystery of God: of both the Father and the Son…..the best is yet to come!

We in Western Christianity are inclined to presume that the Christian Religion and the Church, over the last 2000 years have God and Jesus Christ, all figured out!

That we already understand all the implications and relevance of His Incarnation into humanity as the Son of God, His vicarious Death on the Cross, His Resurrection, Ascension and Glorification into the Divine Godhead as the Son of Man.

Has this mindset not perhaps caused Christianity to stagnate and the Gospel to lose its relevance? 

Yet, if the ridiculous presumption that mankind has nothing more to learn, and has already obtained complete knowledge and understanding were to be applied to any other field of study or area of life outside of Religion, it would be seen as utter foolishness, perhaps the epitome of human pride!

If the staggering,  leaping and literally ‘mind blowing’  recent advances made in technology, communication , medicine and science is anything to go by, man’s capacity for intelligent perception and his intellectual ability to  interpret God’s created universe is far from exhausted.

If this ongoing and progressive revelation applies to man’s understanding of God’s creation, isn’t it then the height of audacity to presume that man’s religious mind has already figured out the Creator Himself?

What about the most dramatic and significant events in human history? Do we presume to fully appreciate and understand their spiritual and practical implications?

Do we really fully grasp and appreciate the fact that God humiliated Himself and became a mere man in order to redeem man?

What does it mean that the Light of the World has already come into the earth, and that He is in fact the Light that enlightens every man, not just some?

What are the implications of the fact that God was personally present in Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary, reconciling the entire Cosmos to Him?

What is the significance for the entire human race, that one of our own; the man Jesus of Nazareth, bodily ascended into Heaven, and was absorbed and glorified within the Godhead. And that forever and eternity, within God, there now exists, in the ‘power of an indestructible life’ a living human being, as the only mediator between God and all of mankind!

I have become persuaded that despite the efforts of some of the greatest minds, the huge scholastic efforts of many over the centuries, and despite the vast body of knowledge available within Christianity, we have not yet fathomed the depth of the Mystery of God: both of the Father and of the Son!

Before Jesus came, no human had ever seen God. Humanity knew about the existence of God, but could and did not know or even slightly comprehend the nature of God. Our 2000 year history and what we know about God thus far, is but a mere blip on the radar screen of an Eternal God.

Perhaps, the Church, those in Christian Religion and the World at large, have up to now mostly had limited knowledge ‘about’ God and ‘about’ Christ. We have mostly perceived and venerated the Living God as the God of the Christians only, and Jesus Christ as merely the Saviour and Icon of the Christian Church.

We have yet to fully grasp the grand vision of Jesus Christ as the Cosmic and Universal Lord and Saviour of all mankind! 

Jesus Christ was God’s Self-disclosure to all humanity!

I say we have not yet scratched the surface of the knowledge and wisdom of God as revealed in Jesus Christ!

I believe the best is yet to come!


……what is the significance of the Son of God becoming ‘one of us’?

Where did the “Attonement ‘, a Middle English phrase meaning at onement’, ‘to reconcile’ or ‘to be restored to  harmony’ between the Trinity and Humakind actually begin?

Did the  “at onement’ only ‘begin’ with the Crusifiction of Jesus on the Cross, or did it actually begin the moment Divinity entered into Humanity?

  When in the Incarnation, the Son of God also became the Son of Man!

When Emmanuel, meaning ‘God with us” was born amongst us, as one of us, could it also mean that mankind were also now ‘with God’?

What do you think?’


Who is Jesus Christ really?

And…… What does it mean when He is called ‘the friend of sinners’?
Does it mean that He has included all sinners in His love and His life?
Or, must a sinner first do something to qualify to be included in His love and His life?
And…… What about the billions of people that belong to non-Christian religions, or who are taught against Jesus, does He include them in His love and life as well?
Does Jesus view all of humanity who do not confess Him as Lord with distain, or does He embrace them in His love and life anyway?
And…… Did Jesus forgive and start loving you the moment you believed in Him and repented, or were you always included in His work of redemption?
And …… How does Jesus look at every man, woman and child that you encounter in your life?
And…… And how would your life be different if you were to look ar them in the same way Jesus does?

……unravelling and recovering of the true Gospel from Christian Religion!

Jesus did not come into humanity to change God’s mind about us!

No, He came out of divinity in order to reveals God’s mind to us!

Understand this, and you have the key to unravelling and  recovering of the true Gospel of Jesus the Christ, form the Christian Religion!


…a quick glimpse into the vastness of His grace!

God chose to become, and also permanently remain part of His Creation in the Person of Jesus Christ, in Whom your Humanity is in union and communion with His Divinity.

Understand this truth, and you will get a glimpse into the vastness of what we call ‘Grace’!


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