Space Time and the Resurrection Pt 2

There is a context for the Bible. This context is not predetermined by anyone except God Himself. The Bible has an objective ground through which it is to be understood. What the Scriptures reveal to us is the disclosing of who God is in Himself, by God Himself. It takes God to know God, and without Him God cannot be known. These are not theories that are open to a re-interpretation in the fields of theological campuses, which are often bent one way or the other to fit in with preconceived notions. God is the object and the subject of all theological activity where we are always the students of Him through the Spirit of Christ. The question of the Bible’s relevance in any given community should not be subject to academic concern. Rather, the Bible reveals the living, acting, revealing, judging and reconciling God, and explicitly so in the Person and work of Jesus Christ.

Without the centre and the source of all the ways and works of God grounded in the very being of Jesus Christ, the network of studies of the Biblical text drifts aimlessly in the minds of treacherous human imaginations. We must allow as much as possible for the biblical text to bear witness to itself, and consider all the acts it testifies to as having their source in the very being of God, YAHWEH, Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ is the Light for all Biblical interpretation. Here, the way of God’s interaction with ancient Israel and the apostolic church is lit up for all to see. Without Christ, the whole of the Biblical text is darkened and whatever we glean from it is mere childish guesswork. We move from foreign guesswork to the Light of Christ, and allow the text to reveal to us His story regarding what He has to say about Himself and the world on His terms. What God has acted in the world is beyond the natural and can only be interpreted as a supernatural event. If it cannot be explained, it does not mean that it becomes academically bankrupt. Humanity is not the measure of what is right and wrong, especially regarding matters pertaining to God.

Rigorous biblical study must maintain a solid connection to the very being of God as the ground and grammar of everything we say. Jesus Christ determines what we attempt to say and how we attempt say it. He brings the vital meaning to everything the Bible is trying to say. Disconnect Jesus Christ and the whole of the gospel story becomes open to all sorts of manipulation. When we have to take into consideration a set of data before we approach the theological task, it is here we can assess whether or not the rest of the theological activity is a worthwhile exercise. It is the all-important commission of Jesus Christ to baptise in the name of the Father, Son and Spirit that has its source in His very being as a God commission, where the word of the Father to Him and the descent of the Spirit give Him supreme authority in all matters. We speak in the name of His authority, which comes from outside of us, and to us. It does not come from within ourselves, but is given to us — a loving, kind gracious gift. Whatever comes from within us is from God who dwells in us.

We must move away from the cause and effect interpretation of Scripture, where our interpretations are based on how we conceive them. Here the Bible is conveyed as having a whole range of prepositional truths that are logically ordered out from prepositional revelation. For example, one might say, ‘If God is love then how could He let anyone go to hell?’ This is where human logic is built upon Scripture to deduce an outcome from trying to make sense on natural human terms. To explain this further is rather complicated, but if you wish to investigate this further you can read the introduction to this book for a greater depth to this topic.

The primary point is, Jesus Christ has enabled us to have a degree of understanding of God Himself as He has revealed in Himself. Jesus Christ has given to us a testimony of who God is in Himself, and we as witnesses to Him are able to perceive Him and convey who He is to others in and with the help of the Spirit of Christ. The Word of God incarnate and resurrected not only tells us something of Himself, but something extraordinary about us. It is given to us as Good News of what became of the Son of God and what became of us in Him, as Baxter Kruger would say. Jesus is as divine as God and as human as all human beings. He is the axiom from which the very things of God and His loving action towards humanity are disclosed.

The ultimate truth of the gospel lies in the incarnation and the resurrection. It is not a question of whether or not these two events happened. Christians trust these events have happened. It is what is revealed to us by the Spirit, and the mystery of encounter reveals something of God to us that we accept as true. We must let these events play out in their own way to the end of our intellectual limits and beyond. It is something so utterly staggering that we are unable to contain its significance. The Creator of the Universe who is far beyond our limited, natural experience of space and time, limited Himself to our existence, taking on our irrationality, the forces of darkness and evil within our humanity, and defeated them. His entering into our world meant He penetrated deep into our being, bringing with Himself all that He is so that our flawed intelligence is united and sanctified by His intelligence. The very Word and Reason of God became flesh of our flesh and bones of our bones, crossing over and making Himself part of our estrangement to Him. He brought light into our darkened estrangement and showed us how close He wanted to be to us.