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...]
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)
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...]
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman Gal 4:4 Christ becoming man signals the climax of history. From the proto-Gospel of the Garden, promising that “the seed of the woman would crush the serpents head” (Gen 3:15), to the birth of Christ in Bethlehem as its eventual fulfilment, God declares that his purposes for time and history are … [Read more...]