Monday, 28 March 2011

The sweetness of knowing Christ

I have just recently finished going through the book of Proverbs. The beginning was great, but once you hit chapter ten, you get these endless lists of pithy sayings and it pretty much carries on like that until the end of the book. It was pretty tough going at times, but last night I finally hit the final chapter. And what a chapter! It ends with a description of the perfect wife.

Since Christ is the Wisdom of God, the righteous heroine of Proverbs (see for example chapters one and eight), the righteous woman depicted in this chapter is probably also a depiction of Christ. Being betrothed to Christ is the greatest privilege any man (or woman!) can ever know.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Israel and the Church

How do the people of God in the Old and New testaments relate to one another? There are three popular views on this, which I shall vastly oversimplify here:

Dispensationalism - God has two peoples, one in the Old testament (Israel) and one in the New testament (the Church). The promises made to Israel in the Old Testament will be fulfilled literally during a thousand-year reign of Christ in the future.

New Covenant Theology - God has two peoples, but the promises made to Israel were ultimately fulfilled spiritually in the Church, which is a greater Israel. There was always a remnant of true believers under the Old Covenant and the Church is the continuation of this true, believing remnant.

Covenant Theology - God has one people, called Israel in the Old Testament and the Church in the New Testament. The only difference between the two is that the levitical priesthood have been replaced with a greater high priest, Jesus, resulting in a change of law and the inclusion of the gentiles.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Is the bible inherently true?

The bible is the truth and the Word of God and is 100% true and reliable for all purposes. More than that, the bible is not only true with regard to certain 'matters of faith', it's true in every area of life that it chooses to address. However, the bible is not true or authoritative in and of itself. So in other words, the bible is not inherently true.

This is because the bible's authority and truth is derived from Jesus Christ who is "the truth" and "the Word of God". Similarly, the gospel is called "the truth" and "the Word of God". So the bible, understood apart from its central message, the gospel of Jesus Christ, is utter nonsense, a bit like this: