Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Where is Jesus now?

I have been working on two German theologians - Albert Schweitzer and Ernst Käsemann. Although, I would not recommend their writings for a young Christian (at all!), they do have lots of profound insights into Paul in particular. Interestingly, they have polar opposite views on one question - the current location of Jesus:

Käsemann: ‘Paul knows no invisible Christ whom one can localize only in heaven’

Schweitzer: ‘For Paul, as for all the believers of his generation, Christ is in Heaven, with God, and nowhere else’

Who do you think gets it right?!


Roger Gallagher said...

Schweitzer. As Hebrews 8:1-2 says:
"The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man."

Peter Orr said...

I think you are probably right Roger, but there are some interesting verses in the NT e.g. Matt 28- I will be with you. Presumably through the Spirit. Also, 2 Cor 13:3 'since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you'. But - as you say - the weight of the verses are on Christ in heaven.