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GNAP 2016

[50] The aseity and Trinity of God

Marc Roby: We are resuming our study of systematic theology today by continuing to examine the attributes of God. Last time we ended discussing the aseity of God, which is his self-existence. We noted that... Read More

[49] The Attributes, simplicity and aseity of God

Systematic theology is often divided into six loci: Theology proper, Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. In theology proper we speak about the communicable and incommunicable attributes of God. The simplicity of God means that his attributes are not separable. Aseity, the property of being self-existent, is one of God’s incommunicable attributes. The name by which he revealed himself to Moses, I Am, points to his aseity. Read More

[47] Attitude matters plus an example of bad exegesis, understanding the Bible: Part IX

Christians need to be part of a local church and the pastors and elders have the responsibility to interpret and apply the Bible to their congregation. Homosexuality is a sin, but there are professing Christians teaching that it is not. Such teaching is wildly unbiblical and dishonest. We must know what the Bible says so that we will not be deceived by dangerous teaching that leads people to hell. Read More

[46] Allegories, Systematic Theology, Creeds and Confessions, understanding the Bible: Part VIII

There are allegories in the Bible, but we must not allegorize sections without biblical warrant. Because God is the Lord of history, he can even use real historical events as allegories for spiritual truths, as in Galatians 4:21-31. Just as exegesis informs systematic theology, so systematic theology informs exegesis because of the first rule of hermeneutics. Creeds and confessions are important, but the Bible is the ultimate authority, not creeds or confessions. Read More

[45] Covenant theology, understanding the Bible: Part VII

Wayne Grudem defines a covenant as “an unchangeable, divinely imposed legal agreement between God and man that stipulates the conditions of their relationship.” God relates to people in the context of covenants. Adam is the federal head of the covenant of works and Jesus Christ is the federal head of the covenant of grace. All people are viewed as being in Adam or in Christ. God also established the Sinaitic covenant with his people through Moses. This is referred to as the old covenant or the first covenant in the New Testament and was replaced by the covenant of grace because sinful people are incapable of keeping it. Read More

[44] Christological focus, understanding the Bible: Part VI

Jesus Christ is the central topic of the Bible and the focal point of history. The Old Testament looks forward to the coming of Christ and the New Testament gives us a record of his first coming and tells us that he will come again. There will then be a new heaven and a new earth and everyone who has ever lived will spend eternity either in heaven or in hell, with no possibility of altering that destiny. We must understand this Christological focus to properly understand the Bible. God providentially controls all of history. God also deals with his people in the context of covenants. Theologians frequently speak about two major covenants: the covenant of works and the covenant of grace. Read More

[43] The importance of context, Understanding the Bible: Part V

The biblical and historical context of a passage is extremely important in determining the proper meaning. We must also remember that the Bible is a unity and cannot contradict itself, so we should never interpret a passage in a way that contradicts something taught somewhere else in the Bible. Read More

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