The Mediation of Christ in our Human Response


Thomas F. Torrance, "The Mediation of Christ in our Human Response," in The Mediation of Christ (Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1983), 83-108


Torrance, Thomas F. "The Mediation of Christ in Our Human Response." In The Mediation of Christ, 83-108. Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1983

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See related audio recording #1981-TFT-5d.

Discussed in the Reading Group on June 3, 2021: Video.

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Pagination and headings indicated below are taken from the later 1992 edition.

  • [Introduction], p. 73.
  • Revelation, p. 77.
  • Reconciliation, p. 79.
  • (1) Faith, p. 81.
  • (2) Conversion, p. 84.
  • (3) Worship, p. 86.
  • (4) The sacraments, p. 89.
  • (5) Evangelism, p. 92.

Pagination indicated below is taken from the later 1992 edition.

"We preach and teach the Gospel evangelically, then, in such a way as this: God loves you so utterly and completely that he has given himself for you in Jesus Christ his beloved Son, and has thereby pledged his very Being as God for your salvation. In Jesus Christ God has actualised his unconditional love for you in your human nature in such a once for all way, that he cannot go back upon it without undoing the Incarnation and the Cross and thereby denying himself. Jesus Christ died for you precisely because you are sinful and utterly unworthy of him, and has thereby already made you his own before and apart from your ever believing in him. He has bound you to himself by his love in a way that he will never let you go, for even if you refuse him and damn yourself in hell his love will never cease. Therefore, repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. From beginning to end what Jesus Christ has done for you he has done not only as God but as man. He has acted in your place in the whole range of your human life and activity, including your personal decisions, and your responses to God's love, and even your acts of faith. He has believed for you, fulfilled your human response to God, even made your personal decision for you, so that he acknowledges you before God as one who has already responded to God in him, who has already believed in God through him, and whose personal decision is already implicated in Christ's self-offering to the Father, in all of which he has been fully and completely accepted by the Father, so that in Jesus Christ you are already accepted by him. Therefore, renounce yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus as your Lord and Saviour." (p. 94)