Several years ago I attempted to get credentialed with my church conference, and I have a rather large questionnaire that probed every aspect of my biblical acumen and theological understanding. I spent the better part of 4 months working on the questionnaire and I failed the credentialing process like a champ; getting lured into a kangaroo court where I was condemned and driven from my church in the process. Still, may as well not let that work go to waste when I can recycle it on my blog, eh?
Here’s my answer to the question/point “Discuss briefly your view regarding the work of God in creation and in redemption….”
Regarding the work of God in creation, Genesis records a straightforward, historical account written as a Hebrew historical narrative; people who claim the literary genre of Genesis is poetry are factually incorrect (And Rob Bell, in the movie “Everything is Spiritual“, is simply lying or deceived about the literary genre of Genesis 1 & 2). This is not to make an arrogant claim about Genesis, but to simply state the Hebrew has objective and defined literary forms that can be clearly recognized by their verbal and grammatical construction. Genesis records that the ultimate mechanism of creation was divine speech (Gen. 1:6; 9; 11; 14; 20; 24; 26) with the exception of the original human pair; they were directly physically fashioned by God (Gen 1:26-27; 2:21-22). This means that the entire work of creation was an exclusive and supernatural direct work of God without any secondary mechanism (i.e. natural selection). Creation was a Trinitarian affair, involving God the father (Gen. 1:1; Is. 66:1-2), God the Spirit (Gen. 1:2), and God the Son (John 1:3; Heb 1:2). God did not create out of any lack within himself because he lacks nothing (Acts 17:25), rather God created for his glory, the radiating forth of his own delight in himself (Ps. 8:1-9; Is. 43:7).
Regarding the work of God in redemption, for the radiating forth of his glory, God also divinely chose some people before the creation of the world to receive divine adoption, forgiveness of sins, the revelation of his will, the resurrection unto life, and the seal of the Holy Spirit which is the guarantee of the coming inheritance from God (Eph. 1:3-14). God, because of the vastness of his love and mercy (Eph. 2:4; Titus 3:4), and for the purpose of the display of his grace and kindness to all believers (Eph. 2:7), saves sinners in their sinful state (Rom. 5:8) who are characterized by spiritual deadness (Eph. 2:1-2) and enslavement to wicked desires (Eph. 2:3) while they are spiritually dead (Rom. 5:8; Eph. 2:5-6). Salvation is a divine work of God’s grace (Eph. 2:8) and is not any work of man (Eph. 2:9). This in no way suggests that Christians forsake the divine commission (Matt. 28:19-20) but rather that spiritual regeneration and saving faith are exclusive works of God (John 6:37-40, 44; Rom. 8:29-30; 9:11-21; Eph. 2:4-10; Titus 3:5-7), and men cannot change their hearts or renew their own minds. The changing of the heart and renewing of the mind is a work of the spirit of God affected through the proclamation of the word (Ps. 19:7-9; John 16:7-15; 17:20-26; Rom. 1:16; 10:1-14).
So does anyone disagree that Genesis is a historical narrative and not poetry? Anyone disagree that Genesis clearly represents Adam and Eve as the original human pair who descended from nobody and were the parents of the entire human race? Nobody EVER disagrees with those comments! HA!
As I’m working on my next 7 Anvils post, I might recycle some of this stuff just for the sake of posting something that might get some conversation going or be of encouragement to anyone. I know I’m not a pro-blogger who tosses out high quality content all day every day, but I’ve got a full time job, 1 toddler and 1 about to be born, and a church with which I’m fairly involved. Maybe I’ll start a kickstarter and see if I can raise $50,000 to take a year off, write a book or two and blog my head off.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “You get what you pay for” Unger