HolinessSellin, a German scholar, said the central theme of Scripture is the idea of holiness. There is no doubt that holiness is indeed an important concept. But that’s not it.
LORDSome scholars suggest the central theme is the word “LORD,” the Hebrew word Yahweh—the LORD, the covenant God. While a central theme, were not quite there.
ElectionGod elects Abel and Seth over against Cain. He chooses Shem over against the other brothers, Abram out of the many, then Judah, and so on. The principal of election runs right through all of the Scriptures. But it’s not the central theme.
KingdomFrom the kingdom of Israel to the kingdom of God, kingdom is a reoccurring concept. But it’s not the central unifying concept. There’s more.
God and CommunityOthers say that what ties Scripture together is that God rules over his community. True, but there’s something even more central.
ConfessionsStill others argue that the Bible is simply a collection of different confessions about who God is. In other words, there is really no unity in God’s revelation. This is wrong.
Covenant German Old Testament scholar, Walter Eichrodt, says the theme is covenant. Close, but no cigar.
No Unifying ThemeAnd German Lutheran pastor and Old Testament scholar Gerhard von Rad says that there is simply no unifying theme. Again, an incorrect position.
The Trinity. I’ve been putting off this topic for quite a long time. You see, I love theology. I find it fascinating. I spend nearly my entire school day, reading up on such things. I however deal with a few issues. For one, I feel anything that I could say, for the most part can be found other places, better said. Secondly, I usually don’t get the full gist of it all. Finally, I have an even harder time trying to explain it then I do trying to learn it. I would consider myself fairly intellectual, but my realm of intelligence is emotional and inter-personal. Laws, processes, and definitions are tough for me. My theology is a very emotional theology. Not one that is swayed with my mood. Nor one similar to a impassioned church service invitation. Those are emotions from my head. I’m talking about the emotions of the heart. A God-centered heart specifically. So rather than giving you a textbook answer on the theology of the Trinity. I’d much rather give you my layman’s theology, and if you hunger for deeper understanding, I’ll point you in the right direction. Fair enough?
How on earth (literally) do we fight against such things as ourselves? I mean after all, at first glance it seems pretty counter productive. What about the world? Being hostile to the world also seems to give the wrong image. Finally, how do we fight against Satan, when we’ve never seen him physically? It seems like we have a lot to deal with. Thankfully, Christ is on our side.
Okay maybe the armor of God, sounds better, can’t blame a guy for trying though! It’s pretty clear what this post is going to cover. Originally this was a two part series, but now I’ve decided to flesh it out into three. Just to much to cover to not make it that way. Let’s jump in though, alright?
Gearing up for battle needs to be the first priority. Scripture tells us that we are to put on the full armor of God, directly for confronting Satan. The armor of God consists of the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, all gifts given through salvation in The Son.
This is a topic I feel that is the most important to begin on considering this is the premise of the whole direction of the blog. I feel that if we started anywhere else on any other topic or idea, we would be getting ahead of ourselves. I’m making it into two posts though because there is a lot to talk about and it breaks it up a bit. So let us have a little talk about spiritual warfare shall we?
Before I begin into this, I want to make one fact perfectly clear: The war is already won. Christ gave that final blow on the cross two thousand years ago.
I hope everyone had a good weekend. I know I personally had a great one. I found out some really crazy, amazing news. I am going to be a brother again! As I’ve mentioned before, my Dad remarried in May, and I went from being an only child to having a 14 year old step-brother, 17 year old step-sister, and a 20 something step-brother (Sometimes I don’t add him to the count because I’ve seen him once at the wedding and once at Christmas). Friday I found out that I’m going to have a new sibling. I’m extremely excited. This sibling will share the same blood that runs through me, which to a guy who’s been an only child, that’s a mind-blowing concept. I don’t know the gender yet and while I’m hoping for a little bro (as is the rest of my family), I’ll be extremely thankful either way. The crazy thing is I’ll be 37 when this kid turns 18. His or her’s birthday will be sometime in August. All I gotta say to that is go God! =D He is good.
However, down to business! I want to give you an idea of how I came about this post and how I’ve come about a few others, because it’s one of the most enjoyable times in my week. I work in a certain ministry called MOTION. Which is where the students use dancing, singing, instrumentals, Step, and a few other things to witness to others and share the Gospel. I myself however am highly uncoordinated and instead found my use in the tech crew, helping set up and tear down for the band and running the sound board for them. The best part of this is, while they are practicing, I have free time just sitting behind the board. Across the hall people are dancing, a few rooms down people are singing, and here I have this band working hard trying to perfect the music to glorify Christ. Everyone is doing their thing, but all with a common goal in mind. Glorify Christ, Bring others to Him. It’s great. So while I’m sitting their in this amazing atmosphere, I like to spend time there either reading or memorizing Scripture, or letting God speak to me about this blog. Now Sunday, I was doing all 3 and I came to a verse. Jonah 2:8. It caught my eye and since then I haven’t been able to leave it alone.
“Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope for steadfast love”