Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Christian Icon

Bernadette Roberts

"While Jesus was regarded as the model of the “way” to this end, Jesus himself was not the end – impossible, in fact. No one is transformed into the man Jesus, rather, Jesus is the example of spiritual life with God all are called to recapitulate. Thus, like Jesus, all are to become God’s own eternal human nature – become Christ. Jesus, then, is the Christian icon ever pointing to Christ, pointing to what God destined all become. And indeed, to follow Jesus’ interior life with God leads all to Christ – to God’s eternal oneness with man. 

"As the model of man’s spiritual life, then, the “way” this went for Jesus is the same “way" it goes for every human being. As a model, however, Jesus is no object of worship – which belongs to God alone – but like Jesus, everyone must focus their life on God alone, must have Jesus’ same faith, same love and same oneness with God – just as he prayed for everyone. “Christ”, then, is a reality that transcends all historical persons or particular individuals."

The Real Christ, chapter: Thesis

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