Why is Jesus Human?

For the past six and a half years I have been working on a book whose end is now in sight. I’m calling it A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels. The question that has pushed me to endure through all of the trials and tribulations of the writing has […]

Jesus, Adam, Union with Christ

Being “in Christ” is a crucial component of Paul’s soteriology (how salvation works). Want to be part of God’s great reconciliation project? It was in Christ that God was reconciling the world to Himself–look to union with Christ. Want to be part of God’s family? You are all children of God, in Christ Jesus, by […]

Behold the Man

If you want to know what it means to be human, look at Jesus. This is the claim that my Fuller colleague, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, works out briefly, clearly, and beautifully in the January issue of Christianity today. [I’ll post a link when it becomes available.] Veli works out this claim in between our contemporary cultures […]

Assumption and Salvation

“What Christ did not assume is not redeemed.” That, or something like it, was a way that the early church fathers (Gregory? anyone help me out here?) reflected on the significance of Jesus’ incarnation and full humanity. Against the idea that he might not have had a human soul, for example, it was insisted that […]

Jesus, the God-Man

Either start with Christ and say something Christian, or else start with something else and wind up subsuming Christ into your idol. That’s the warning Barth levels as he begins his lengthy discourse on Jesus the God-Man (Church Dogmatics §1.14). Barth is defending his take on Christology in particular and the Christian narrative in general […]