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Christ as CreatorOrigins of a New Testament Doctrine$
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Sean M. McDonough

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576470

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.001.0001

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Union in Labor: Creation through the Son in the Gospel of John

Union in Labor: Creation through the Son in the Gospel of John

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(p.212) 10 Union in Labor: Creation through the Son in the Gospel of John
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Christ as Creator
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Sean M. McDonough (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576470.003.0010

The Logos of John 1 is rooted in God's speech acts in Genesis 1. This creative Logos is best explicated by recourse to the remainder of the Gospel (the word Logos occurs a full forty times in John; the biblical resonance of the number is likely not an accident). Taking this approach, we learn that the handing over of the act of creation to the Messiah serves the deeper purpose of enacting and nurturing the Father's love for the Son. The logic of John 3: 35 is that the Father has given all things over to the Son because he loves him. It is in the very nature of the Father to share all things with the Son because of his love for him. The Messiah fully participates in the life and work of God, including the work of creation. Far from being a mere tool in creation, or even a kind of cosmic organizing principle, Christ as Logos is the fully personal executor of God's will. He is the one who brings to realization the desire ‘Let it be’.

Keywords:   Christ, creation, Logos, Gospel of John, Father, Son, Genesis, love

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