Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Perfect Theology - Brad Jersak

I am currently enjoying Can You Hear Me? by Brad Jersak. It is one of the best books on the voice of God I have ever read, and the voice of God is perhaps the subject I read the most about. It is a phenomenal, practical manual on how to listen. While I recommend it highly, I do not agree with every word or statement in the book, and I disagree with Brad Jersak's theology on a number of major doctrines which he adresses in other books. I read from many authors, ministers, and theologians with whom I disagree. I know that I will not stand before God, justified because of my perfect doctrine or theology. That is not what justification by faith means. If I was judged by my theology, I have no doubt that I would be condemned. In my understanding of doctrine and God, I have missed the mark. I do not have perfect theology. But I have Jesus. 

This is not to say that anyone who claims Jesus is justified by faith, but that faith and understanding are not the same thing. It is absolutely true that we must have our faith placed in the One True God, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and live with Him as our living Lord. Our understanding of God can violate that faith and we can find ourselves worshipping a God that is not real. Our theology matters. But what matters most, in theology and practice, is that Jesus Christ is the perfect revelation of the Father. He is perfect theology.

Brad Jersak recently posted the following on his Facebook page. It has been said many times before, but it must be emphasized again and again. As we read the Bible and study the Word, we must see the living Word before us: Jesus Christ, the perfect revelation of the Father.

My doctrine, part 5:
Jesus is the only perfect theology.
John 1:14 (NIV)
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:18 (NIV)
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and* is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
John 14:9 (NIV)
Jesus answered: “Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father'?
Colossians 1:15 (NIV)
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Colossians 2:9 (NIV)
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.
Hebrews 1:1-3 (NIV)
[1] In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, [2] but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. [3] The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

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