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Thursday
Aug212014

Thankful Thursday

Join me in thanksgiving to God for this week’s blessings.

Today I’m thankful 

  • for work done previously that made it possible for me to meet my obligations during this especially busy week.
  • for my step-grandson’s two week visit to his Yukon family. I’m thankful that he’s now old enough to explain more about his home life.  I’m thankful that despite his difficult family circumstances, he remains a loving child who can enjoy life. I’m thankful for his dad’s new resolve to fight to make things better for him. I’m thankful that God can be trusted to care for him after he leaves. 
  • for today’s pond walk and playground trip with all four grandchildren.
  • for berries ripening in the yard and woods—cranberries, mossberries, rosehips, saskatoon berries, strawberries and raspberries. We—the grandchildren and I—snacked on them all today.
  • for a decent weather forecast.
  • for the resurrection of Jesus and the good gifts that come from it.

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment with your thanksgiving, post your thanksgiving on your blog, or tweet it. Give me the link by email or in a comment and I’ll add your thanksgiving to the list in the post.

Wednesday
Aug202014

The Threefold Doctrinal Significance of the Ascension

More notes from my research for my next posts at Out of the Ordinary

The ascension of Jesus 

  1. “clearly embodied the declaration that the sacrifice of Christ was a sacrifice to God, which as such had to be presented to Him in the inner sanctuary; that the Father regarded the Mediatorial work of Christ as sufficient and therefore admitted Him to the heavenly glory; and that the Kingdom of the Mediator was not a kingdom of the Jews, but a universal kingdom.”

  2. “was … exemplary in that it was prophetic of the ascension of all believers, who are already set with Christ in heavenly places, Eph. 2:6, and are destined to be with Him forever, John 17:24; and also in that it revealed the initial restoration of the original kingship of man, Heb. 2:7, 9

  3. “was … instrumental in preparing a place for those who are in Christ. The Lord Himself points to the necessity of going to the Father, in order to prepare a place for His disciples, John 14:2-3.”

Quoted from the section on Christ’s state of exaltation in Systematic Theology by Louis Berkhof [page 351]. 

Tuesday
Aug192014

Theological Term of the Week

materialism
“[T]he view that “everything is ultimately material in nature,” that “everything that exists consists of nothing but matter and energy.”1

  • Proof that materialism is unbiblical:
    “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.”  (Isaiah 43:10 ESV)
  • From the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 2, Section 1:
    I. There is but one only, living, and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most pure spirit, invisible, without body … .
  • From What’s Your Worldview by James N. Anderson:
    Materialist reject the idea that there are immaterial of spiritual entities, such as souls, angels, of God. For that reason, they deny that there is life after death… . Materialism is the most widespread Atheist worldview in our day, mainly because of the extent to which modern science has been able to explain so much about the world that some people expect it will eventually explain everything

    … Materialism has great difficulty accounting for our mental lives and our conscious experience of the world. If you’re a consistent Materialist, you ought to conclude either that you are literally mindless (which isn’t a very appealing conclusion) or that minds and consciousness can be explained in entirely material terms (which no Materialist has been able to do). Minds, ideas, thoughts, and sensations are so very different from physical things that it’s hard to see how they could be explained in purely physical terms. Physical things have physical features, such as size, shape, speed, and mass—but minds and ideas don’t have those features.

Learn more:

  1. Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry: What is materialism?
  2. John G. West: C. S. Lewis and Materialsim

Related terms:

Filed under Worldviews

1From What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions by James N. Anderson, page 69.

Do you have a a theological term you’d like to see featured here as a Theological Term of the Week? If you email it to me, I’ll seriously consider using it, giving you credit for the suggestion and linking back to your blog when I do.

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Monday
Aug182014

Heidleberg Catechism

Question 49. Of what benefit to us is Christ’s ascension into heaven?

Answer: First, he is our advocate before his Father in heaven. (a) Second, we have our flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that he, as Head, will also take us, his members, up to himself. (b) Third, that he sends us his Spirit as an earnest, (c) by whose power we “seek, not on things that are on earth, but the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” (d)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Monday
Aug182014

What the Resurrection Does

The resurrection of Jesus

I’ve been doing research for my next post at Out of the Ordinary. While taking notes from the section on the resurrection of Jesus in J. I. Packer’s Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs, I found this list [page 127]. 

I changed things up a bit, formatting it as list and adjusting the wording to make the items parallel, but the info and prooftexts are all Packer’s.