A Deep Gaze Into Missional Theology and The Eschatological Gleanings From Them ~ Pt. #3 ~ Missiology in Apostolic Actions of Dominion

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Within the relational Trinitarian order, witnessing the apostolic sending of each agent over one another cannot be dismissed as evident. Without a specific order scripture articulates the diverse places each agent interacts and is sent into creation; from the Spirit hovering over the waters of creation,[1] to the Father dwelling within a burning bush,[2] to the Son being sent to fulfill the law;[3] God acts apostolically within his identity and creation to fulfill his mission. In the same sense, we cannot separate the missio Dei from the creational order of the imago Dei as God created us in his image for the purposes of dominion.[4] By the most natural sense our, “Doxological response means participation in and transformation into God rather then an attempt to know God in se: ‘Then to know God means to participate in the fullness of the divine life.[5] Jesus also states it in saying, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.[6]

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This acknowledgement is the relational identity to which humanity finds itself reflecting and joining in the work of God’s outward acts in dominion here on earth so that the, “economic Trinity completes and perfects itself to immanent Trinity when the history and experience of salvation are completed and perfected. When everything is ‘in God’ and ‘God is in all,’ then the economic Trinity is raised into and transcended in the immanent Trinity.”[7]

Bound also in this outward focused identity, the imago Dei sees the parallel inward focus of the imago Christi, disciplining and redeeming the broken nature of humanity through the reconciliation of personal and communal discipleship. "There cannot be a separation between conversion and obedience.” Newbigin states, “To be converted in any sense that is true to the Bible is something that involves the whole person. It is a total change of direction, which includes both the inner reorientation of the heart and mind and the outward reorientation of conduct in all areas of life."[8]

In the song ‘The Garden’, the band Needtobreathe melodically intones, “In this hour of doubt I see; but who I am is not just me. So give me strength to die myself; so love can live to tell the tail.[9] It is a lyrical stream of an ecclesiology in personal death, rising into the resurrection life of Christ and all it entails. Reflectively the Christian contemplative Angelus Silesius also articulated this premise in the poetic verse, “God whose boundless love and joy / Are present everywhere; / He cannot come and visit you / Unless you are not there.[10]

Discipleship is not negated to a specific institutional affiliation such as a denomination or church, nor is it the participation with organizational activities. Rather discipleship plunges us into a completely new way of life that models that of the Trinity and likewise impacts every part and agent of our being – Body, Mind, and Spirit.[11] It is the life commitment that follows John the Baptists words, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”[12] And the embrace of Jesus’ calling in saying, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”[13]

[1] Gen. 1:2

[2] Exo. 3:4

[3] John 3:16

[4] Gen. 1:26

[5] Karkkainen, Veli-Matti. The Trinity: Global Perspectives. (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007) Pg. #113.

[6]The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 20:21). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[7] Karkkainen, Veli-Matti. The Trinity: Global Perspectives. (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007) Pg. #112

[8] Newbigin, Leslie. The Open Secret: An Introduction Into The Theology of Mission. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995) Kindle LOC #1832.

[9]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li8aiGtNyZo

[10] Gallagher, Winifred. Working on God. Modern Library Pbk. ed. (New York, New York: Modern Library, 2000) Pg. #310.

[11] Mark 12:30:31

[12] John 3:30

[13]The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Mt 16:24). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.