The word apocalipse (the Portuguese title for the last book of the Bible) means revelation. God wanted to reveal truths to his people. He chose the apostle John to reveal to them the message that he wanted to communicate. Continue reading
To stress the covenantal “I-thou” nature of this law is also to reaffirm the personal-religious character of biblical ethics at the same time that it recognizes that covenantal religion and its ethic are susceptible to communication in the form of structured truth. (emphasis mine)
This quote, from an old article by Meredith Kline about the two tables of the law, brings out a wonderful phrase describing the nature of the covenants that God makes with man: “communication in the form of structured truth.”
Not only does God’s revelation bring us truth, but he communicates it in highly structured forms. These structures are an inherent part of that truth. They are a part of the history of God’s dealings with man, including literary forms that transmit a coherent message within context.
Humans, in large part, perceive these structures because of the mind’s religious and moral framework. Divine revelation tailors its communication to the receiving mind. Further appreciation of these structures is possible through familiarity with historical circumstances and the apprehension of the redemptive narrative.
The human brain has been described as “the most highly structured matter in the universe.” Its physical structure lends credence to the assertion that human thinking also is highly structured and so divine revelation communicates truth in a construct that corresponds to the needs of the mind to comprehend and categorize.
At the same time, comprehension of structural truth also brings to the mind a transformation that molds it to the mind of God, Romans 12.1-2. Paul goes so far to say that “we have the mind of Christ” 1 Corinthians 2.16, which includes not only truth as teaching, but as attitude and action as well, Philippians 2.5: “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” (NIV). That transformation permits the people of God to be useful in their service to him with Scripture in hand, 2 Timothy 3.16-17.
The perfect correspondence of divine revelation through the Scriptures to the human mind testifies to (1) the divine origin of the Bible; (2) the goodness of God in providing such revelation; (3) the Lord’s desire that he be known and loved; and (4) the nature of truth as apprehensible by any human through the use of one’s mental faculties.
Peter had no reason to brag about his knowledge of Christ to the other apostles, since it was he who got the right answer first. He didn’t find it out for himself. Continue reading
When you count your blessings, where do you start? When considering your advantages, which stands out? Paul didn’t hesitate to name the Jews’ first advantage.
Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.
Romans 3.1-2 NET
Oracles refers to God’s revelations, his words, what God had said, be they commandments, prophecies, or promises./1 Continue reading
… I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past.
Psalm 78:2 NLT Continue reading
The good isn’t difficult to perceive, but it may not be obvious. Everybody thinks he knows the difference between good and evil. Everybody believes he practices the good. Each opinion is more right that then next one. But knowing the truth and recognizing the good is not an automatic process. We have to learn these things. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:17 that we must learn to do what pleases God. And where do we go to learn it?
He has told you, O man, what is good,
and what the LORD really wants from you:
He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful,
and to live obediently before your God.
Micah 6:8 NET Continue reading