Christ's Public Presence

Jennifer M. McBride

in The Church for the World

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755684
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932160 | DOI:
Christ's Public Presence

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Following Bonhoeffer's claim that the church bears witness to Christ by taking Christ's form in the world, Chapter three examines the incarnate God's this-worldly presence and argues that God is visible as the humiliated one who takes responsibility for sin, or accepts guilt, in the form of a sinner. Implementing Bonhoeffer's proposal (concerning religionless Christianity) that repentance be reinterpreted christologically, this chapter argues that the work of the sinless Christ may be understood as repentance, through which the church is called to participate. The chapter argues that God repents in Christ in accordance with the fallen human nature Jesus bears, what Romans 8:3 calls “the likeness of sinful flesh,” and positions this scandalous claim within an understanding of the “hidden” nature of God's revelation. Interpreting repentance through Christ directly challenges the common understanding that repentance primarily concerns one's individual standing before God; instead, repentance, as participation in Christ, constitutes existence for others

Keywords: Bonhoeffer; form; responsibility; likeness of sinful flesh; hidden; repentance; guilt; existence for others; christological; religionless Christianity

Chapter.  15783 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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