chapter  Six
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The Spirit of the Lord as the Power of the Transition

As is well known, Barth's understanding of the humiliation and exaltation of Jesus Christ differs from that of earlier theology. Barth's doctrine of the exaltation of Jesus Christ concerns the transformation of human being to faithful covenant partnership with the Father as accomplished in the life of Jesus Christ culminating in his obedience in his death on the cross, as a pre-resurrection reality. Barth's propensity to follow the Reformers in the design of his theological discourse, especially that of Calvin, is acknowledged by Barth himself. One of the most significant modifications of Classical and Reformed christology as it relates to the resurrection is Barth's radical re-interpretation and re-presentation of the doctrine of the humiliation and exaltation of Jesus Christ. The being of completed reconciliation in the crucified Jesus Christ is not to be seen as possessing the power of its own illumination quite apart from the gracious act of the Father upon him.