The Root Theology of Christian Mysticism 09-24-2017

My core truth about Jesus isn’t rooted in mainstream Western Christian tradition. It is rooted in Jesus’ essence, best preserved by the Alexandrian Mystics (Alexandrian Fathers).

Jesus as taught by the Alexandrian Mystics is about the deep stillness of silent prayer and a theology big enough to give that blessed stillness words. The psalmist says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). The container for intimate stillness and communion with God is Jesus. The Alexandrian Mystics give us words that encompass infinite God and finite humanity, that reverberate in heaven and on earth.

The Jesus Paradox is the distilled essence of the Alexandrian Mystics—the resolution of the Jesus tug-of-war. Its truth convicts my soul, yet doesn’t require me to leave my reasoning mind at the door.

The phrase “Jesus Paradox” (or Miaphysite in Greek) stretches my reasoning mind to its limits and makes room in my heart for the world. For “God so loved the world” (John 3:16a). The Jesus Paradox doesn’t stop short of the world, its many people and religions. It’s broad like the mystics, making room for the sacred heart of God and for our rough and tumble world rife with despair, brokenness, and war.


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