Mystical Union

“God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who is the eternal and essential righteousness, dwells by faith in the elect…”

The following quote is taken from a comment by Rev. Dr. Holger Sonntag from an ongoing conversation over at Brothers of John the Steadfast. For a sneak-peek of Dr. Sonntag’s English translation of The Apology of the Book of Concord, coming Summer 2015, click here! +          +         […]


Christ Dwells Within Us, And We Should Be Talking About It.

I often hear Lutherans say things like: “It’s not about Christ in us, but Christ for us.” The “Christ in us” language belongs to pop evangelicalism and the Eastern Orthodox. For Lutherans, Christ in us is a reality…but we shouldn’t really talk about it. To do so would be to adopt an evangelical or Eastern […]

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Defining Christification

There has been some extensive discussion surrounding my book on Brothers of John the Steadfast due to my utilization of theosis terminology. Understandably, the language of theosis is misunderstood by many to mean that man somehow becomes, in essence, God, or that this somehow downplays forensic justification. I have done several pieces of writing on […]

The Place of Union with Christ in the Ordo Salutis

There has been some recent discussion on the “What Would Pless Read?” group on facebook regarding the priority of union with Christ in the ordo salutis in a discussion of my theology of Christification. Dr. Jack Kilcrease has been an adamant critic of the position taken by myself, as well as that of Rev. Dr. […]

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Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis, now available!

My new book Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis is now available from Wipf & Stock! Here is the description: The doctrine of theosis has enjoyed a recent resurgence among varied theological traditions across the realms of historical, dogmatic, and exegetical theology. In Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis, Jordan Cooper evaluates this teaching from […]

Forensic Atonement and “Partaking of the Divine Nature”

[The following essay has been excerpted from personal correspondence and was originally posted at Pseudepigrapha: Deniable Plausibility as part of the “Dear Robert” series.]   Dear Robert, It is most important that I begin by saying that I am but a seminarian and am by no means an authority or a great theologian. However, I […]