The Person and Work of Christ Revisited: In Conversation with Karl Barth
Christopher R. J. Holmes
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The person of Christ is often equated with his saving work.
The problem in immediately identifying Christ’s person with his work, I argue,
is that it shortchanges what the biblical testimony demands: an account of
Jesus Christ as the underlying basis of his benefits. Rather than leading us to
seek after a “Christ in himself,” however, the immanent perfect being of Jesus
Christ renders his salvation effective. Accordingly, what is at stake is the
honoring of Christ’s person not as something removed from his work but rather
as what grounds his work as the revealer of God to humanity and the reconciler
of humanity to God.