Review Of Macchia, “Justified In The Spirit: Creation, Redemption”, And The Triune God. -- By: Andrew Ray Williams
Conspectus 20:1 (September 2015) p. 135
Review Of Macchia, “Justified In The Spirit: Creation, Redemption”, And The Triune God.
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In Frank Macchia’s work, the author attempts to ‘develop a pneumatological theology of justification inspired by a Pentecostal metaphor, the baptism in the Spirit’ (p.
Pneumatological reflections, and as a result, Trinitarian theology are the means by which Macchia develops his vision of justification. This vision is both metamorphic and forensic by developing justification from within the indwelling Spirit’s eschatological mission of bringing all of creation into the embrace of the divine koinonia. For Macchia,
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this Trinitarian embrace finds its ultimate fulfilment in the resurrection of the dead and the new creation. Consequently, justification is essentially eschatological, as justification must have its beginning and ending in the extensiveness of the life of the Spirit.
Throughout the chapters of his book, Macchia sets out to develop a Trinitarian theology of justification with an emphasis on Spirit baptism. Justification then is pneumatological in substance, ‘consisting of pardon, the victory of life over death, divine witness and vindication, and participation in the divine koinonia’ (p.
Macchia first shows how the Catholic doctrine of justification moved in the direction of a moral view of the justified relationship and an anthropological emphasis on acquired virtues (p.
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