The Word

Posted July 24, 2013

John 1:1-14

Words. What are they? They are agreed upon symbols that represent an idea. Words let my thoughts travel beyond my own head and into the head of another. In a sense, we can read each other’s thoughts for we are expressing our thoughts in our words. The process of transforming a thought into words is so very commonplace that we seldom stop to consider what is happening. People are not seeing or hearing our thoughts, but rather the agreed upon symbols and sounds that represents our thoughts. Our thoughts, unperceived by others, become perceivable by the use of words, and someone is thus able to know our mind. We often, however, turn our thoughts into the wrong words, while at other times our words are taken to represent thoughts we never had. If only we could speak with perfect choices so that our ideas are conveyed without loss or addition. When we have chosen the best and most accurate words, combining them with the best written style or nonverbal expressions, we become great communicators.

In this way God is the greatest communicator. When he wanted to convey his thoughts and his ways, he did so by giving us His words. But mankind took His words, losing some meaning here, adding some there, and all around misunderstood God. So God chose the very best word; a word that would fully and completely communicate Himself to us. In is in this way Jesus is THE word, the Logos of God. In speaking Jesus to us, the Father left nothing unsaid that needed to be said. While man may yet misunderstand, to those who have been given eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to understand, to them is given the ability and the privilege to accurately know God.

It is my hope that the words expressed within this blog be such close bedfellows with the word of God that God Himself will be able to make Himself known to those who read it. May God grant the ability to express His thoughts and His ways such that many are built up in Him.

Imputed Righteousness and the Work of the Holy Spirit

Posted July 12, 2013

In a recent issue of Sundoulos, the alumni magazine of Talbot School of Theology, there were two well written articles concerning the New Perspective on Paul. The New Perspective is a position put forth by N. T. Wright that differs from the traditional understanding of Paul’s epistles in that it redefines what the issues were that the letters sought to address. I am not in agreement with N. T. Wright and the New Perspective though, if this article correctly defines the traditional understanding of Paul, my position would have similar disagreements. One of these differences surfaced in the article where at one point the “traditional” understanding was stated in such a way that it disturbed me. My understanding of Paul is in such close agreement with the traditional understanding of Paul that I didn’t see myself in any other camp, and certainly didn’t see my position as “new” or in contrast to the reformers. Thus to read an article and find myself is in clear disagreement with what is being defined as the “traditional” or orthodox understanding of Paul is rather disconcerting.