“The Only Jesus We Know”

“We have no picture of Jesus as merely Jesus, to interpret as we please. The only Jesus we know is Jesus as the Christ, Son of God, Logos, Lord, Savior—all titles of highest possible honor, putting him in the place Israel had reserved for God alone, so much so that ultimately the church’s trinitarian formula is the only sound way to speak about the identity and meaning of Jesus. This shuts the door of christological relativism in the new universalism. If we read the New Testament correctly, we learn that Jesus is not a son of God but the only Son, not a savior but the only Savior, not a lord but the Lord of lords, and so on. Nothing is more certain in the New Testament than its intention to picture Jesus in an utterly exclusive way, making this claim the heart of the gospel itself.”
–Carl Braaten, Principles of Lutheran Theology, p 111.

About Ben Unseth

Executive Director at Project Understanding (2014-2017), social service agency in Ventura, CA
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