Jesus the Fullness of Revelation

Gerald O'Collins

in Rethinking Fundamental Theology

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199605569
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729454 | DOI:
Jesus the Fullness of Revelation

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This chapter presents historical reasons (drawn, in particular, from the four Gospels) for recognizing in the person of Jesus the fullness of divine revelation. Eyewitness testimony and five specific criteria help identify authentic sayings and doings of Jesus. He preached the kingdom of God, worked miracles, changed the divine law, and claimed to be decisive for human salvation — all with a personal authority that put him on a par with God. The ministry of Jesus initiated the disclosure of God as the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The chapter ends by distinguishing revelation as past (the foundational revelation completed with Jesus and the apostolic generation), as present (dependent revelation that draws on the apostolic witness), and as future (the self-disclosure of God that will be completed at the end of human history).

Keywords: God; Gospels; Jesus; divine law; miracles; revelation; Trinity

Chapter.  16969 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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