The spirit of God and the Christian life : reconstructing by JinHyok Kim

By JinHyok Kim

Theologian Robert Jenson as soon as titled an essay on Karl Barth's doctrine of the Holy Spirit, "You ask yourself the place the Spirit Went," claiming that, for the entire speak of the Spirit, Barth's theology used to be extra approximately binitarian than Trinitarian. That evaluate has principally carried the day and set the paradigm for interpretation. JinHyok Kim without delay demanding situations the existing paradigm, reconstructing Barth's pneumatology and offering the potential contours it'll have taken within the ultimate volumes of Church Dogmatics left incomplete at Barth's death.

Within this reconstruction, Kim explores the contexts of Barth's paintings and demonstrates the relationship of Barth's doctrine of the Spirit with the realities and practices of the Christian lifestyles. right here a brand new general for figuring out Barth's Trinitarian theology, relatively his doctrine of the Spirit, opens up and provides a clean examining of a massive subject in a single of the vital thinkers of contemporary theology

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1] The above quotation not only shows that Barth underlined the significance of pneumatology, but also proposed it as a future possibility for Christian theology. Moreover, one may hardly miss that Barth regarded a Spirit theology as a constructive project through which other theological topics can be assessed and rearranged. These remarks may immediately provoke scholarly skepticism, because Barth’s pneumatology has often been regarded as one of his most undeveloped doctrines. ” [3] In contrast, I propose, Barth’s seemingly underdeveloped pneumatology mirrors his highly sophisticated, but very suggestive, reflection upon the Spirit against the backdrop of his intellectual, religious, political, and social context.

More importantly, I will demonstrate that Barth discussed these promising themes mostly within the wider context of his treatment of the Spirit’s redemptive work. Most significantly, I will present Barth’s innovative interpretation of the Spirit’s sigh and prayer in Romans 8 as an enduring motif in my exploration of the interconnectedness of prayer, the Christian life, and the Spirit’s redemption. To explore this possibility, I will first critically review two influential monographs on Barth’s pneumatology to search for an appropriate interpretive framework with which to read him.

For Barth, Jesus Christ is both the electing God and the elected human. This statement results in his radical claim that God elects all human beings in Jesus Christ before the creation and, moreover, that history is the drama of unfolding this gracious decision. [31] It is the Spirit who makes God’s eternal decision “good news” for us in our particular historical situation by calling us through the concrete community into the drama of salvation. In this doctrine, prayer is a crucial human act of discerning God’s plot and playing one’s own part in the drama under the direction of the Spirit.

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