Person of Jesus Christ (Hugh Ross Mackintosh)

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Mackintosh, Hugh Ross.  Person of Jesus Christ.  T & T Clark.

Mackintosh gives us a fine little devotional tract geared (if not always directly) around the full self-revelation of God in Jesus Christ. Theme: In Christ there is a perfect revelation of god the Father (Mackintosh 43). “It is always through redemption as an experience that revelation is vouchsafed.” What does Mackintosh mean by that? I’m not entirely certain. I can hazard a guess, though. God’s revelation towards redemption must engage the knower as subject. Perhaps. Or he could be saying that there is no revelation in the abstract. I certainly agree with that but I don’t think that is entirely what he has in mind. Or perhaps he means that Revelation is always revelation-to-me. I think there is more to Revelation than that, though one should certainly maintain the pro me aspect of God’s revelation.

The actual text is not long; maybe sixty pages. It is sandwiched between two chapters by Thomas Torrance. Thus, Torrance:

“The real nature of the Triune God becomes disclosed to us through the reconciling sacrifice of the Son and in one spirit we are given access to the Father and come to apprehend him in accordance with what he is in himself” (Torrance 72).

T. F. Torrance speaks of his time studying under Hugh Mackintosh: “Many a would-be theological student was converted in his classes.”

If the revelation of God in the New Testament is true, Jesus Christ must be in himself what he reveals. And if the message of salvation is true, what Jesus does for us must be what God himself does…Apart from a real identity or unity between revealer and the revealed, revelation suffers from a fatal discrepancy” (76, 77).

Conclusion: The book is a neat snapshot of Scottish Christianity in the early 1900s between the much-desired demise of Ritschlianism and the advent of Barthianism.


About J. B. Aitken

Interests include patristics, the role of the soul in the human person, analytic theology, Reformed Scholasticism, Medievalism, Substance Metaphysics
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