God’s Shadow Activity [Sermon 7/15/12]
“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.” Colossians 2:16-17
If we believe the whole Bible is inspired, how do we reconcile the Old Testament with the self-sacrificial, enemy-loving God revealed in Jesus Christ? In this past Sunday’s sermon at Woodland Hills Church, Greg succinctly summarizes his own thoughts by echoing that of the apostle Paul: the Old Testament is a shadow of the reality which is found in Christ.
Greg will be going into much more detail on this subject in his forthcoming book The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, but he has also written about this in his recent blog posts on cruciform hermeneutics.
- Christ-Centered or Cross-Centered?
- Caught Between Two Conflicting Truths
- Why Christ, not Scripture, is Our Ultimate Foundation
- Scripture’s God-Breathed Imperfections
- How The Imperfections of Scripture Reveal God Perfectly
- Answering an Objection to a Cross-Centered Approach to Scripture
- Divine Accommodation and the Cross: where Calvin was onto something
In my previous post I reviewed Tom’s critical review of volume 1 of CWG, and in this post I’d like to do the same for his critical review of volume 2. As he did in his review of volume I, Tom begins with some praises and points of agreement. He thinks my quest to discern “what…
Greg looks at the history of the Cruciform Hermeneutic. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0446.mp3
Over and over, and in a variety of different ways, we are told that, while “[s]ome trust in chariots and some in horses,” Israelites were to “trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Ps 20:7), for “[n]o king is saved by the size of his army” and “no warrior escapes by his great…
In his critique of Crucifixion of the Warrior God (CWG), Paul Copan argues that several New Testament authors condone capital punishment as directly willed by God. The most challenging for my thesis, in my estimation, is Hebrews 10:26-29, which reads: For if we willfully persist in sin after having received the knowledge of the truth,…
Greg talks about accommodation, judgement, and homosexuality. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0337.mp3
In the previous post, I argued that we ought to allow the incarnate and crucified Christ to redefine God for us rather than assume we know God ahead of time and then attempt to superimpose this understanding of God onto Christ. When we do this, I’ve argued, we arrive at the understanding that the essence…