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Hi Micah. Thanks for this.

I wouldn’t dismiss the new humanity aspect, but I see it more as an implication than as a core theme. I’m not sure I get what you’re driving at when you say that “power over the winds and waves and so on, is simply what humanity was always supposed to have been exercising”. I get the distinction that you make between human authority and divine authority, but I tend to think that Jesus is to be explained by his relation to Israel rather than his relation to humanity as a whole.

But then doesn’t the identification of Jesus with humanity make any sort of trinitarianism unworkable or unnecessary? Why does there need to be a “coming” at all—other than in the sense that he came as a prophet or suchlike to Israel? Why is the image of God in him not simply restored through obedience? Humanity was not originally created incarnationally. And in the New Testament it is not the image of God that is incarnated in Jesus but the Word or Wisdom of God. There are two different things at work here.

You may have a point about logos, but Adam was not the incarnate logos, and Jesus was not the incarnate “image”.

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