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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Luther's Theology of the Cross


"For Christ too was damned and forsaken more than all the saints, nor was his suffering easy, as some imagine. But he really and truly offered himself to God the Father for us unto eternal damnation. And his human nature was in no other condition than that of a human being eternally damned to hell. On account of his love for God, God immediately raised him from death and hell and so devoured hell. It is necessary that all his saints imitate this, some less, some more; the more perfect they are in love, the more meekly and easily they can do this. But Christ did this in the harshest way of all."

- Martin Luther [D. Martin Luthers Werke. Kritische Gesamtausgabe (56:392)]

2 Comments:

Blogger Ben Myers said...

I find this quote very moving. And I think it's even true to say that Christ alone has entered into hell; Christ alone has experienced the true reality of hell. Hell is, by definition, the rejection of God's Servant and Israel's Messiah at the cross.

Just as God alone can truly be said to live, so God alone has truly tasted death and hell in the crucifixion of Jesus. If we live, or if we die, can it be anything other than a participation in this primal life or this primal death? And what would it mean to participate in this death, since it too has been swallowed up in life?

2:44 AM, March 06, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

Ben says: "Just as God alone can truly be said to live, so God alone has truly tasted death and hell in the crucifixion of Jesus. If we live, or if we die, can it be anything other than a participation in this primal life or this primal death? And what would it mean to participate in this death, since it too has been swallowed up in life?"

Yes! Very good thoughts. I think this moves us to a greater appreciation of what Christ did on the cross.

8:33 AM, March 06, 2006  

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