Friday, December 19, 2008

The Story of Seeing

The capstone of all biblical theology is summed
up in the words “they will see his face” (Rev. 22:4).
Thomas Schreiner, New Testament Theology (Introduction)

The Bible uses sensory language to help us glimpse the slightest taste of what awaits us in the new creation. Isaiah and Luke direct us to see (...Lift up your eyes on high and see - Isaiah 40v26 ...all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Luke 3v6). Elsewhere we're invited to taste, to hear...

The unfolding story of God begins with The Man and The LORD together in Eden... hits the tragedy of exile and then begins the worship of God once more... the walking of Enoch... the tabernacle... the temple... the incarnation... the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and finally entry into the renewed creation where the dwelling of God is with man. A Jehovah's Witness tried to persuade me that this was just symbolic but everything in scripture cries out for something a whole lot more than symbolism.

3 comments:

  1. I've often wondered why christians say that the temple/tabernacle was (only) the symbolic presence of God?

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  2. Pretty deadly for something symbolic...

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  3. The 2nd temple was empty... Maybe that's the one people are referring to when they talk about symbolic presence?

    Otherwise this is an error...

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