Freedom In Christ Karl Rahner


Eph 4:3  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

At the suggestion of my Catholic friends, whom I met in the retreat, I purchased myself Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner’s epic work, Foundations of Christian Faith.

It’s my understanding that Rahner’s work influenced the penning of Vatican Two.

The readings are slow, but highly important to an understanding of what man is in context of what Christ did.

Rahner states that freedom in Christ is simply not to be looked at as sequestered concepts such being free from drugs, or fear, or lust.

Freedom in Christ is also to be perceived as the freedom which Christ gives to man so that he may transcend and be all that Christ did for him  by the blood of His cross.

This transcending occurs right now, since God, as the great I Am, functions in the very now.

The eternal life that we take a hold of, is not just a power grab of isolated blessings that we need for our happiness, like money, or health, or a new job, but an enjoyment of the continuum of the life of Christ which constantly flows from the Christ within us.

The Christian life is a now participation of that eternal life from moment to moment.

The ability to transcend by faith and be filled with all the attributes of  whom Christ is, to take hold of eternal life now, to exist as an infinite creature now, and to transcend the love of this word, and to be metamorphosed into a supernatural creäture obeying supernatural laws and a living supernatural life just as God does, in the now, is all part of freedom in Christ which is accessible now.

Finally, we are to reckon not just what we need from  day to day in Christ as an isolated creation of God, but to also see ourselves in the ocean of God’s comprehensive eternal plans.

The Christian is simply not a microcosm of one person whom God loves, but part of the glorious church who has an eternal and timeless purpose.

The Christian cannot say I am rich, or I am depressed, or I am happy or I am sad. The I am in the Christian is not a conglomeration of things which affect him.  The I am in the Christian, is a person, Christ, the great I am.

Christ as the I am is not attached or bound to anything in this world.

So the Christian in his being is not attached to anything. He is simply the manifestation of the I  who is Christ.

He lives independently of anything in this world. His existence is a now continuum of the life Christ in Him and is free from  all things. He is only attached to Christ and His life.

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