The Hypostatic Union

Nicholas J. Healy

in The Eschatology of Hans Urs von Balthasar

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278367
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603419 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

 The Hypostatic Union

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Chapter Three goes on to show how Balthasar conceives Christ as the concrete and personal enactment of the analogy of being. The temporal mission of Christ entails a double representation: the meaning of “truly God” is revealed as a trinitarian exchange of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and the meaning of “truly man” is given its full stature in a eucharistic exchange that includes the whole created cosmos within the body of Christ. From beginning to end, Christ’s twofold mission is accomplished through the mediation of the Holy Spirit, who is both the eternal “gift” and “fruit” of the mutual love between Father and Son, and the ultimate gift that is bestowed as the fruit of Jesus’ life-giving death. Under the sign of the Holy Spirit, the eternal and temporal love between Father and Son is opened to the world, and poured out in the form of Christ’s Eucharist.

Keywords: Christology; analogy; Holy Spirit; Eucharist

Chapter.  31442 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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