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The Realm of the Resurrection

“The resurrection is not the undoing of the event of the cross, but the transfer of that event from our fallen cosmology to God’s place in which it is the finished work.  The cross is a new environment that we are baptized and immersed in.  It redetermines our metabolism.  In it we learn to make one another present.  The cross is the path, opened up by the Son, along which the Spirit now leads us, so that in the wilderness territory of the cross we are taught the practices and life of the resurrected Son.  Our way through this territory must be learned as a set of skills and form of action.  We are the ones who must become other than we presently are.  He will meet us, not as we have been, but as we will be, transformed to become the people of his household.  He has come to us, as the one Son.  He is with us as the many, the Spirit, in such a way that we are graspable to him, while he is not graspable to us.  The coming again — the general resurrection — will be the completion of the resurrection in which this one will lead and stay with this many.”

–Douglas Knight, The Eschatological Economy: Time and the Hostpitality of God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006), 136.

3 Comments

  1. Shailesh Mark wrote:

    Halden,

    My wife & I might be visiting Eugene sometime this year. We would like to visit your church. Does it have a website listing a schedule or a calendar of programs? Thanks. shailesh.

    Monday, May 26, 2008 at 7:24 am | Permalink
  2. Christopher Greene wrote:

    This is one of my favorite reads and I believe it’s worth many re-reads. Robert Jenson presided and preached at my church over a year ago. In our conversation Douglas Knight and this book came up. As it turns out Jenson was involved in reviewing the several re-drafts of this book for Knight. (I forget in what capacity). In short, Jenson said that any one of Knight’s drafts could be a book on its own. Jenson looked at me with a certain twinkle in his eye and said “that guy’s a genius”. I believe Knight has done an incredible job in tying together East and West in this Eschatalogical Economy and in giving time a dimensionality that’s sweeping, grounded in freedom, and profound. His writing about the recycling of fleshly epochs is exciting. If you haven’t read this, give it a go.

    Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 11:34 am | Permalink
  3. Halden wrote:

    It seems to me that the book almost has to be re-read if one is going to really grasp the force of the total narrative that Knight is telling. It is a wonderful book, but it is nothing if not complex.

    Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 11:55 am | Permalink

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