Thursday, July 05, 2007

Calvin & Rahner on Supper & Scripture

Calvin is well known for insisting that we really receive the true, whole Christ, body and soul, as we receive the bread and wine in the Supper, though spiritually not physically.

I wonder if we could make a similar claim about receiving Christ as we read the Scriptures. Such a claim would be strengthened by Rahner’s dictum that the economic Trinity is the immanent Trinity: it is the true Son, God and Man, who is presented to us in the Scriptures, not Christ only according to his human nature or as some lesser manifestation of God. The incarnate Christ offered us in the Bible does not merely represent, symbolise or signify God to us. The incarnation is not a metaphor and nor is the Supper. In both the true Christ is truly offered.

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