Saturday, July 14, 2007

Baptismal Regeneration 14 -- Epiphany Not Cause and Effect pt.3

What happened at Mt. Tabor is what happens everytime the sacraments are celebrated. For those brief moments the Holy Spirit -- how can one say it -- infuses/unveils/breaks open the fundamental truth about creation. Creation was made to be filled with God's glory the way molten iron is filled with fire. This is creations telos; this is my telos.

Baptism is an epiphany in this way. It is not a picture of something else. It is a sign, no rather, a breaking open of the very Kingdom of God. In and through this holy sign the Kingdom is opened for us and we are invited to enter.

More to come ....


+ simonas said...

Peter, do you see a hermeneutic connection between Transfiguration (I suppose this is what you are referring to) and baptism, or is that a way of illustration?

Peter said...

Yep -- hermeneutic -- in that the Transfiguration and the Sacraments are proleptic experiences of the eschaton.

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+ simonas said...

But Scriptures itself (the passages on baptism and transfiguration themselves) do not connect the two. So, now we are theologizing rather then doing hermeneutic – sort of an 'inductive Bible study', right: since this is something, therefore it follows that?..

I get what you are saying: Baptism and Transfiguration reveal/inaugurate the eschaton. I am just questioning your argument. I think I get what you are saying, but lack the backing.

Sorry, you don't have to respond to that if you don't want to. You can just carry on.

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DiscuZion said...

"ut Scriptures itself [...] do not connect the two."

Actually Simonas I beg to differ. For an analysis of how Mark's narrative structure DOES INDEED connect Baptism, the Transfiguration, and the Crucifixion, please check out the following link (it's a PDF file).