Who God Is
Genesis 1–Three is an account of issues that occurred in time and area—so it’s a actuality of what we would name nonfiction or historic. However it’s precise issues, not made-up issues, that God did that you might have seen should you had been round. However, we weren’t round. The Scripture is just not merely pointing to the details however it’s additionally displaying their significance within the plan of God—displaying us who God is and how much God he’s.
That was an actual challenge within the Historical Close to East as a result of there was huge confusion with individuals worshipping every kind of minor gods, finite gods, gods that aren’t actual gods. So God telling us who he’s is admittedly vital. It has turn out to be vital once more even within the trendy world as a result of many individuals don’t consider within the God of the Bible. They might consider in some type of religious drive or some type of being that they name “God” however who is just not the God of the Bible. So it’s actually necessary that we reckon with who God is.
Theology, Historical past, and Artistry
So, there’s theology in addition to precise occasions in time and area. The first theology in Genesis 1 is partly explaining who God is but additionally then who human beings are. So Adam and Eve are created, after which in Genesis 3, there are the primary sins towards God. That’s actually vital in telling us why the world is just not altogether good now. There’s been corruption—within the human coronary heart—however then additionally on the planet round us. So all of these issues are partly theological, however they rely upon actual occasions.
So we’ve bought occasions—what you would possibly name historical past. We’ve bought theology by way of the that means of historical past. We’ve additionally bought literary artistry as a result of God is a God of magnificence. God is absolutely in a position to talk to us in a approach that pulls us in, that has a few of these qualities that stimulate our hearts and problem our imaginations. These sorts of issues are attribute of literature. All three issues work collectively. And the three issues belong collectively in concord as a result of there’s just one God who’s doing all three issues on the similar time.
So we’ve bought occasions—what you would possibly name historical past. We’ve bought theology by way of the that means of historical past. We’ve additionally bought literary artistry as a result of God is a God of magnificence.
What you typically discover on the planet of scholarly biblical evaluation is that these issues are pulled aside, creating every kind of misunderstandings and refined misinterpretations. That occurs partly as a result of, within the trendy world, one of many worldviews that we’re confronted with is a view that doesn’t suppose the God of the Bible exists in any respect. So the details of the occasions of the world are simply meaningless in themselves. Any that means that’s added is completed so by a human interpreter.
Which means, when an individual like that reads Genesis, they’re going to see the theological meanings, they’re going to see a few of these literary artistry parts and say, “That’s a human addition.” And they also low cost it as having nothing to do with the occasions themselves. So, it pulls aside what God has put collectively.
In the long run, we have now to carry the three issues collectively. They’re not in battle. They’re implementing the that means of the occasions—the theology and the presentation of the occasions, which is what you would possibly say is the story character of Genesis.
Vern Poythress is the creator of Deciphering Eden: A Information to Faithfully Studying and Understanding Genesis 1–3.
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