There’s a quiet revolution going on within the body of Christ; one that’s recovering ancient Christological truths that are setting us free from the powerless, humanistic, and deistic philosophies that have dominated Western theology since the Enlightenment. We’re recovering the truth that following Christ is not transactional but relational, as this video interview brings out so well.
I’ve talked a lot about this transactional-relational distinction here so I won’t belabor the subject, but we’re discovering a very real and unbreakable union in Christ in God. We’re rejecting the dualistic illusion of distance and separation from God and discovering that we have a Good Father who has brought us to Himself in Christ. We don’t we see ourselves as “dirty sinners” anymore; we’re the redeemed sons and daughters of His love. And, as Jesus is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). We’re learning how to walk in the reality of Christ’s own life. We’re discovering not just what God did for us on the Cross, or even what He did as us, but what He did to us.
We’re starting to see that we’re the conduit between heaven and earth because we’ve been placed in Christ, and this truth is saving us from a powerless Christianity that’s totally foreign to the testimony of the Bible we profess to believe.
But a critical part of this relation-based recovery is due to our return to the ancient truths of the Trinity. This central doctrine is no longer relegated to the sidelines, or dismissed as inexplicable, but is at the very core of our understanding of God and our identity as sons and daughters in Him, and how we are to live out our faith in this world. It’s how we understand self-giving love.
On that note, I’m posting a lengthy interview by John Crowder with one of my favorite theologians, Dr. C. Baxter Kruger. It is longer than most videos I post but they share so many important things that those of us who’ve been swimming in our Western fishbowl need to understand. I also share this knowing the risk that, to the modern dualistic and deistic mind, some of this may be misunderstood. Parts of it may even sound like universalism (it’s not, which only shows how far removed we are from the ancient faith).
It’s well worth watching (and understanding). Enjoy!