Monday, July 04, 2011

Christ died for our sins

I like Wright's for vs. because distinction, and also tend to preach and teach that Jesus died "because of" our sins, as a result of our sinfulness rather than as a way to appease God's wrath directed at our sin. It's enough for me to know that Christ died in fidelity to God's mission for his son in the world, and not get caught up in what this death does (if anything) in the immanent Trinity. On that point, I tend to be with Rahner that the immanent Trinity IS the economic Trinity, so what we see happen in Christ's death and resurrection is what we know and can know about what Christ's death means to God. Acts preaches it well, "This Jesus you killed, and God raised him up, and of this all of us are witnesses."

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