Kline: Images of the Spirit

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  1. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Kline, Meredith. Images of the Spirit. Wipf & Stock.

    Kline argues that the Spirit is the Glory-Spirit who is a sign of creation’s telos (Kline 110). He takes note of the Spirit’s activities and how they manifest God’s glory. All of that sounds well and good. Sunday Schooley even. But Kline takes it a step further. “Glory” is a revelational modality of heaven. And sometimes that is quite terrifying. In the rest of the book Kline unpacks that claim.

    The Spirit reveals himself in the “Glory-Cloud.” The Glory is not a static structure, but mobile. It is a angel-propelled chariot throne (18).

    Kline also develops many important avenues for understanding the image of God. In line with the creating acts of the Glory-Spirit, man has a royal-judicial office and an ethical dimension to that glory (27). Royal: kings are invested. We “put on” Christ (Eph. 4:24). Ethical glory: holiness, righteousness, and truth.

    The Glory-Canopy is viewed as a sanctuary-canopy (Isaiah 4). Exodus 25-31 have fiats and Exodus 35-40 have the corresponding fulfillment. The Glory-Canopy hovers over the tohu at the top of Sinai and reproduces the world below in the building of the tabernacle. Hebr. 9:23-24.

    Thesis: “To be caught up in the SPirit was to be received into the divine assembly, the heavenly reality within the theophanic Glory-Spirit (58). And cool things happen in the Glory-Cloud. Elijah can move from place to place (1 Kgs 18:12, 46).

    The book is fascinating and stimulating. It served as the foundation for later important thinkers, ranging from Jordan to Chilton to Frame. There are many good (though undeveloped) suggestions for an eschatological metaphysics. One interesting omission: Kline didn’t have a chapter on the Image as King. To do so might have negated his intrusion ethics.
     
  2. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Does he compromise the metaphysic notion that The Divine essence is only a condensation of said essence? I ask because I have noticed the metaphysic of such is almost lost among the reformed today.
     
  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    Wasn't there something controversial about this book, or am I thinking of a different one?
     
  4. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    What do you mean by "condensation of the Divine essence?"
     
  5. Miller

    Miller Puritan Board Freshman

    Do you mind teasing this out a little more for me?
     
  6. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Many people think they can see the divine essence of God. What we see of God is the condensation of The Son alone and am weary of thinking Kline may be treading on how men saw God in a "Glory-Cloud" as if God is somehow smoky looking or that even His Glory can be seen as it is.
     
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  7. Justified

    Justified Puritan Board Sophomore

    Condescension is the word you're looking for, I think. My favorite quote by Karl Barth-- I don't know the citation-- is that there is no God behind the backside of Jesus Christ.
     
  8. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    No, Kline isn't saying we see the essence of God. But men throughout Scripture are caught up in God's glory-cloud. There is no doubt about that.
     
  9. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    It's in every Bruce McCormack essay.
     
  10. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    He would have to go into detail on what man's being a ruling king would look like. A king must have a law and he isn't always coherent on what law guides the Christian, since a lot of it is merely an "intrusion into the common grace" ethic.
     
  11. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I must have been thinking of a rain cloud. :)
     
  12. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    What exactly is a glory-cloud?
     
  13. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    “Glory” is a revelational modality of heaven. It is a angel-propelled chariot throne (18).
     
  14. Clark-Tillian

    Clark-Tillian Puritan Board Freshman

    Now that's the way to turn a phrase. Does he use "revelational modality" in his other writings?
     
  15. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Not sure. I am reading God, Heaven, and Har-Magedon righ tnow. He might use it there.
     
  16. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I guess the context would explain it further. :) I can't help but to think Kline may be thinking in a purely earthly manner. I have run into this with the EO in that they insist that when the Apostles saw the tongues of fire they literally saw God The Holy Spirit. I suspect Kline is thinking the same way in that the modality of a glory cloud is a literal manifestations of The Holy Spirit, as if The Holy Spirit took on visible form that is indistinguishable from the divine essence.
     
  17. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    That's not what Kline is saying. Modality isn't the same thing as essence.
     
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