Posted by: rogermitchell | November 25, 2011

a note to ‘atonement as cosmic sewer’

Martin Scott helpfully suggests that the point I am making about Jesus drawing all things to himself on the cross would be strengthened if in my exegesis of John 12:32
I put less stress on the word all or ‘pas’, and more on the word draw or drag, ‘helko.’ Martin points out that the word is in the masculine accusative tense ‘pantas’ in the Greek and therefore does imply all men, although this would not exclude all the accompanying human things, but that the strength of the preceding word ‘draw,’ or ‘helkusso’ in the Greek, extends the sense of bringing everything with it.

In any case the understanding of the atonement that I am giving here is not of course only dependent on this verse. My reason for interpreting John in this way is even more strongly presented in the following chapter, John 13, where the kenotic interpretation of the cross is clearly prefigured when Jesus strips himself down to personally clean up the dirt of the human race. Within the context of the narrative this whole action is central to Jesus’ movement from God to God and expresses the downward action of reaching to the cosmic depths and encompassing Satanic and human dirt. The consequence is that the depths to which Jesus emptied himself become the measure of the glory of God. The depths become the heights.


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