Chapter

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

in The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791606
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.003.0016
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

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Edwards was resolutely Trinitarian in his Christology because his thinking about the Son of God developed from his vision of redemption, which started with the Trinity. While the Western theological tradition had stressed the atonement as a legal transaction, and post-Reformation Protestants had emphasized the juridical and declarative dimensions, Edwards highlighted the aesthetic, rational, and personal aspects of the passion. Unlike his Reformed predecessors, who tended to emphasize the distinctness of the two natures in Christ in a fashion similar to that of the Antiochene Christology, Edwards privileged the divine over the human nature in a manner more like that of the Alexandrians. His rejection of a separate covenant of grace and his teaching that the Spirit and not the Son is the agent of hypostatic union were two more indications that Edwards was his own man, rarely one to follow lock-step behind his Reformed predecessors

Keywords: Christology; atonement; satisfaction; hypostatic union; covenant; Reformed

Chapter.  8057 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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