Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” There is no single Christology that can provide satisfaction for the multitude of answers to Jesus’ question; the history of the church is a history of different questions, motivated by different circumstances. However, the goal remains consistent: finding a way of understanding God and God’s action in history. This paper uses two tasks that emerge from this theological discourse through the lens of Eastern Orthodoxy. The first task is finding an answer to Jesus’ question in light of revelation that Christ Jesus is both truly human and truly divine, thus ultimately finding out what it means to be human. The second, which is inherently connected to the first, is developing an appropriate paradigm of soteriology – where does Jesus’ identity fit into the ordo salutis? Both tasks will cumulate into a Eucharistic perspective of God’s mission; what can one say about the mission of God in light of salvation? Finding an answer to who is Jesus is also discovering what it means to be truly human, striving for the likeness of Christ, and then going out into the world as a community for the community.
Rush, Benjamin. 2014. Eikonoi of God: A Christ-Pneuma Interpretation of Humanity. Obsculta 7, (1) : 121-142. https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/obsculta/vol7/iss1/10.