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Jesus and Paul on the Hermeneutics of Sexuality: Introduction; Brueggemann

A couple of years ago, I posted a series called “Jesus and Paul on the Hermeneutics of Sexuality.” The point of the series is that we should find our hermeneutics in the scriptures, rather than importing our hermeneutics from law, … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Theosis, Plain and Simple, Part 3

2 Cor 5:17 (2Co 5:17 NET)  17 So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away – look, what is new has come!  For many, this is considered the central text … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Theosis, Plain and Simple, Part 2

Gal 2:20 (Gal 2:20 NET)  20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Theosis, Plain and Simple, Part 1

Since the time of the early church fathers, the Christian church has spoken of the final destination of the saved in terms of theosis. Among the Eastern Orthodox, theosis is considered a central element Christianity. In the West, until recently, … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Christianity, Theosis, and Consummation, Part 2

The patience of God An major theme of the NT is the patience (or forbearance) of God — his decision to wait on us to repent rather than being done with us. It doesn’t seem that important of a doctrine … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Christianity, Theosis, and Consummation, Part 1

The Second Coming of Jesus is not ever described as a new or changed covenant. Rather, the clearest and most common image is that it will be a return to Eden, except better. For example, I highlight the more obvious … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Theosis, Cornelius, the Christian Confession & Jesus

So the goal of it all is the knowledge of God. When Jesus returns, Isaiah says that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa 11:9b). The new covenant will … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Theosis & Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus

In Covenant: God’s Purpose, God’s Plan, John Walton suggests that the entirety of scripture and the entirety of God’s relationship with humanity are held together by the theme of God’s self-revelation. God made the covenants and inspired the scriptures to tell us … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Theosis & Adam & Eve

[Fair warning: In the next several posts, I’ll be well off the beaten path, trying to fit some elements of the last several years of Bible study together. Several answers will be unconventional and are offered for your consideration and … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: A Thought or Two on Christian Education and Theosis

We’re still talking about how to study the Bible. Really. One of the great appeals of Scofield’s dispensation theories was that they were easy to teach — especially when teaching children. In fact, I well remember going through the Jule … Continue reading

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