Thursday, October 15, 2009

In Context

As our churchplant group has been working through the concept of covenant, I’ve been struck by how easy it is to miss the parts of our faith and thought that are the most basic. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me as someone who resisted Calvinism for years. As these things are becoming more clear to me, I’ve come to understand that in order to read any Bible verse in context, you have to start reading at the first page of Scripture. The context of any given verse in Colossians is not simply the start of its paragraph – it is the entire ancient legacy, from the Edenic prophecies that were made as the fiery cherubim was descending from Heaven, and every subsequent prophecy from every millennium since.

1 comment:

Jharlan said...

True.
Also, John ch 1 which goes to a time before Gen 1:1!!! The depth of truth in John 1 is awesome in the highest sense of that word. When we understand that Jesus existed as God before the world began, had a relationship of perfect fullness and joy with the Father, and made all things, we can begin to build a mental framework for reality and the truths in the Word.