Tension in Scripture

by admin ~ September 8th, 2018. Filed under: Brandenburg.

Sometimes I talk about tension in scripture. It isn’t tension to God, only for us. We don’t know everything like God does. It complements the idea of the paradox, an example being, when I am weak, then am I strong, or he that humbles himself shall be exalted but he that exalts himself shall be abased. The tension of which I’m thinking is represented by two theological words: quietism and pietism. I’m going to explain them rather than define them. Quietism is a dependence on God that rests in Him. You can’t save anyone, so you have to wait for their response. You can’t cause salvation to happen. Many spiritual accomplishments are like this. It is God who is doing the work. So why should we do anything? What we do is under the category of pietism. God is going to save who He is going to save, but we need to be a part of the process, that is, evangelism. We should be preaching the gospel. Another tension is between God’s transcendence and His condescension. This shows up in how we operate or function in a church service. We center on God, so we want to be sober and solemn, as scripture prescribes. At the same time, we want to show friendliness and kindness, show that we really do care. We try to relate with people some in a service, even though the main point of the time together is to honor God. The tenor of the service should be in line with His nature. At the same time, I will be lighthearted with the church in a way to relate. The relationship aspect is God’s condescension. His sacredness and separateness is His transcendence.

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