Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Jüngel on Divine Omnipotence

"The metaphysical theory of the worldly omnipresence of a God who is above everything and nowhere corresponds much too much to the fixation of God as a supra-worldly 'above us'. The faith that the 'Father in heaven' above us was among us through the crucified Son of God and in the Holy Spirit is united with the Son not only for himself but as one absent is present with us and that as the one who 'lets himself be pushed out of the world' comes to the world--this faith grants to the theologoumenon of the omnipotence of God a meaning which reconstructs it entirely. This happens in that God's omnipresence is to be understood now on the basis of his very presence on the cross of Jesus and not without a christologically established removal of God. The concept of the omnipresence of God must pass through the eye of the needle of the properly understood concept of the death of God."

~ Eberhard Jüngel, God as the Mystery of the World (Eerdmans, 1983), 63.

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