Jesus as Biography and Theology means he is the summation of all God is and of all I can become.
The goal, then, of my life is to grasp fully who Jesus is and to become as he is – a partaker in the divine nature. In my being I will never be God, but by the effectual power of God’s grace, we can accomplish this very thing. I like what Irenaeus says:
“[T]he Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, who did, through His transcendent love, become what we are, that He might bring us to be even what He is Himself.” (Against Heresies, Book 5 Preface)
He echoes and follows on from John:
“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” (First Letter, 3:2)
Jesus the Biography thrusts down a gauntlet before us. He sets a difficult but necessary road to theosis, letting his life cry out the meaning of ‘Christian’ in a world ruled by the adversary. As Biography, Jesus writes a perfect life and calls us to follow him in it. It’s a cop-out and jumps through theological hoops to say that Jesus shows us a life impossible to live just to show us the need for the cross, a terrible thing I’ve often heard. Otherwise half his commands and those of his followers mean nothing.
No, Jesus dies to birth us into a new nature that is able to live his life. Jesus as Biography rewrites not simply our story: he rewrites our spiritual DNA, creating an entirely new person, one made in his image. In other words, Jesus incarnated so that we could incarnate him.
Jesus the Theology is even more grand. As the Theology he is the perfect summation of all that is God. As we seek to understand God and ourselves, we need only look at Jesus and understand him. In Jesus we can see and understand all that is meant by ‘God’ and by ‘person’, or ‘man’ or ‘woman’. If theology means the study of God, we need only look at Jesus to know him. Nothing terribly profound in that thought; it’s been said and known before; the rub is in how we apply it.
If Jesus were truly incarnate to me, a true person with thoughts, feelings, emotions and desires, I could not sin, nor fool myself into thinking one sinful thing is not sin. I want to set the principle sans examples to make the point that we—meaning I—often sin or fool ourselves about sin because Jesus is not truly incarnate to us—he’s an abstract idea upon whom we impute our desires, feelings and opinions.
But Jesus the Biography and the Theology is the author, not us. We’ve ‘got it twisted’, and need to change how we think about Jesus.
Likely, I have gone on long enough, and I did not put as much of myself here as I desired, but here is my theology about Jesus, and the other half to my first post of the reboot.
You’ll understand from what I say above that without the Incarnation of Jesus, the center does not hold. As we continue in Warrior Poet, these themes will come up again and again. I hope to elaborate on what I’ve shared in later posts.