Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Molltmann: God/church only revealed in opposite

"God is only revealed as 'God' in his opposite: revealed in the cross of Christ who was abandoned by God. His righteousness is revealed in the unrighteous and in those without rights, and his gracious election in the damned . . . This makes it easier to understand what Jesus did: it was not the devout, but the sinners, and not the righteous but the unrighteous who recognized him, because in them he revealed the divine righteousness of grace, and the kingdom..
...If a being is revealed only in its opposite, then the church which is the church of the crucified Christ cannot consist of an assembly of like persons who mutually affirm each other, but must be constituted of unlike persons"
 -Moltmann, "The Crucified God, pp 27-28, HT, Travis Mamone

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