Logos Doctrine 4

“…according to the Logos Doctrine, Christianity is very inclusive and universal.”

 

The incarnation of the Logos, the Son, as Jesus the Christ is a once-for-all event.  It is not the incarnation of a particular characteristic or set of characteristics of God; it is the very Logos of God, center of divinity, which becomes incarnate.  The incarnation initiates a series of events in the economy, or plan of God for the salvation of humankind.

The saving economy of Jesus Christ, the Logos, are is found in his incarnation which deified the fallen nature of humankind; in his ministry which gave us direct knowledge of God; in his death by which he redeemed us from the bondage of sin; and in the resurrection, which defeated death.

Jesus Christ, as Logos, is first of all a teacher in the sense of giving us existential knowledge and power through the Holy Spirit.  Justin Martyr said, “the teachings of Plato are not alien to those of Christ, although not in all respects similar. For all the writers of antiquity were able to have a dim vision of the realities by the means of the implanted word [Logos].” 2nd Apology, 13.

So, you see, according to the Logos Doctrine, Christianity is very inclusive and universal; “catholic”, if you will.  It is not the exclusive club, tribe, or competing religion than humans have made of it.  Ancient Christianity was inclusive of all truth, regardless of source, place, or time.  It included all of humankind, without distinction.

When seen from the viewpoint of the Logos Doctrine, the seemingly exclusive claims of John 14:6 become a declaration of inclusive, cosmic, universal truth.  The verse reads: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.”  In paraphrase, I believe this means: “I am the Logos, the self-manifestation of God the Father.  We are the same in essence, but the Father remains hidden from creation.  The only possible way that humankind has to understand and know God is through understanding and knowing the Logos.”  This is the cosmic Christ.  This is the Way; the “finger pointing to the moon”!

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  1. #1 by Tim Mcmonigal on June 30, 2014 - 10:25 AM

    Amen

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