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God for humanity and humanity for God

Jesus alone is the starting point for our thinking on election.  Not an abstract decree of election that is unrelated to Jesus, but one that begins only with him and is fulfilled only in him.

God’s eternal decision was to elect his own Son to be God as human fulfilling God’s purpose to be with and for humanity. God also decided that his Son would be the one human in whom the many would be for God.  As the elect man, Jesus represents humanity before God so that humanity is for God in him. Jesus, is, therefore, God for humanity and humanity for God.  He alone is the starting point for our thinking on election. 

 Jesus made God’s eternal decision actual in time. He is God as human acting among us to rescue us so that we might share in his communion of love with the Father in the Spirit He is God as human living fully among us as human, but unlike other humans he lives completely in and for God.  And he also lives as the human for other humans.  He lives completely for God  and he also lives completely for humanity, with no other purpose than the salvation of humanity. There is no competition here: it is as Jesus is for humanity that he is for God, and it is as he is for God that he is for humanity.

This is God’s chosen One who is in himself God’s eternal decision of election made actual in time.  He alone is the starting point for our thinking on election. The chosen One who is God for humanity and humanity for God.

God’s Chosen One

Before the world was made God decided that he wanted to be God with us and for us as one of us.  He also decided that he wanted us to be one with him in the deepest fellowship. So the Father elected his own Son to be the One in whom God and humanity would be united in the Spirit.  And in Jesus that eternal election moved into time.  He is God’s chosen man who comes into our world to be God for humanity and humanity for God.  We cannot think of election or of God’s eternal purposes for humanity apart from Jesus.  Election is centred not around an abstract decree, but concretely election is Jesus Christ.

In Jesus, God’s chosen man, God turns towards humans and wills to be one with us, and in him humans are turned wholly towards God to be one with him.  Yes, Jesus is himself the one movement of redeeming love in which God gives himself unreservedly to humans and in which he gathers up humans into his own life.  In Jesus, the elect man, God has given himself to be our God once and for all and nothing can undo that decision.  So we look at Jesus and know for sure that God is now who he  always wanted to be: God with us and for us as one of us.   Furthermore, in Jesus, God gives humans to himself once and for all, and nothing can undo that decision.  We, therefore, look at Jesus and know for sure that we are now who God always wanted to us to be: humans with God in union and communion.