H. R. Mackintosh [one of Torrance’s beloved professors] used to remind his students that ‘Jesus was not a Christian’. A Christian is a sinner whose sins have been forgiven, who knows himself or herself to have been saved by Christ. But Christ was not a sinner who needed forgiveness. Our approach to Christ must be a Christian approach: we must not try to look at Jesus in such a way as to gain entry into his religion, that is into his own private relation to God the Father. We can approach Jesus only as sinners who need the mediation of Christ in order to go to the Father, so that in the analogical relation set up between us and Christ, we can approach Christ only in acknowledging his uniqueness and sinlessness on the one hand, but on the other hand, only in yielding ourselves to him, in obedient conformity to his saving grace and as sinners desperately in need of him. Christ is utterly unique, but what corresponds to him on our part, is a Christian attitude, the attitude of forgiven and reconciled sinners. [brackets mine] (T. F. Torrance, “Incarnation,” 11)

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