All flesh is grass, and all its glory is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:7-8 The transience of life, with all its toil and tribulations, brings into focus the biblical significance of time. No sooner does man begin his life on this earth it is taken away. Despite all his earthly … [Read more...]
This teaching stream explores how God Speaks.
God is relational and rational and therefore speaks to us. First, God's self-disclosure has already occured for every person through direct apprehension, through our own humanness in the world external to us and the one within. Second, he speaks more fully through his Word, incarnate in Jesus Christ and inscripturate in the Bible, in rational propositional form. Third, he speaks through various charismata (spiritual gifts) such as prophecy, though not with the canonical authority of Scripture.
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God communicates with us in four ways:
- The Creation & Conscience (his Cosmos)
- The Bible (his Word)
- The Incarnation (his Son)
- The Charismata (his Spirit)
God is the self-revealing God. Paul underscores that he is clearly revealed to every person through creation: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So … [Read more...]
Humankind – made in God’s image – is a social being, enjoying relationships and communicating. Therefore, God is personal—he relates to us and communicates. In his image, we have been created constitutionally to both know him and be known by him. As with human relationships, not all communication uses words. God, likewise, communicates his love to us through direct … [Read more...]
Our contemporary culture of instantaneous communication — FB, Instagram, Twitter and Blogging — merely reflects humankind made in God’s image. God, in fact, is the consummate communicator. This communication is both relational and rational. Creating humankind in his own image he has gifted man constitutionally to communicate with him—to both know him and be known by him. He is … [Read more...]
“… He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” Col 1:18 ESV “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Cor 15:20 ESV “When you come into the land that I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest, and he … [Read more...]