The Resurrection and the Person of Christ


Thomas F. Torrance, "The Resurrection and the Person of Christ," in Space, Time and Resurrection (Edinburgh: Handsel Press, 1976), 46-60; #1976-331d


Torrance, Thomas F. "The Resurrection and the Person of Christ." In Space, Time and Resurrection, 46-60. Edinburgh: Handsel Press, 1976; #1976-331d

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“We may also speak of this in terms of the hypostatic union of the divine and human natures in the one Person of Christ. That was a living and dynamic union which ran throughout the whole of his life, in which he maintained union and communion with the Father in the steadfastness of the Father toward the Son and in the steadfastness of the Son toward the Father. The resurrection means that this union did not give way but held under the strain imposed not only by the forces that sought to divide Jesus from God, but the strain imposed through the infliction of the righteous judgment of the Father upon our rebellious humanity which Christ had made his own – and it held under the strain imposed by both in the crucifixion: the hypostatic union survived the descent into hell and Christ arose still in unbroken communion with the Father. The resurrection is thus the resurrection of the union forged between man and God in Jesus out of the damned and lost condition of men into which Christ entered in order to share their lot and redeem them from doom. Here we are thinking of the resurrection in line with the enhypostatic aspect of the incarnation, that is, in the fullness and integrity of his human life and agency in the saving work of God.” (p. 54)