Saturday, September 03, 2016

Creation sacramental

Boersma writes:

this-worldly, created realities participate in the heavenly, uncreated reality of the eternal Word of God. Created being is merely derivative, and it receives its value from the divine "real presence" that gives it existence. To be sure, speaking of creation as "sacramental" in character has its dangers. When doing so, we should be careful not to undermine the qualitatively different sense of sacramentality that we encounter in Christ and in the church's sacraments, most notably baptism and the Eucharist. Kathryn Tanner's distinction between "weak" and "strong" participation, or we could say a weak and a strong sacramental presence, is important. We don't want to lose the distinct salvific character of the church. Nonetheless, it seems to me that the Christian tradition has rightly worked with a sacramental metaphysics, assuming that the appearances of the physical realities around us not only point to, but also make present, greater and more significant realities than the appearances themselves.

Sacramental Preaching p.xx citing Tanner, Christ the Key, CUP, pp11-12

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

TRUST PREACHERS OR THE BIBLE?---by steve finnell

If you are searching for the truth concerning faith and practice should you consult books written by preachers or the book inspired by God? As for me I trust God's book the Holy Bible.

Billy Graham quote:"They may not even know the name of Jesus but they know in their hearts that they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light they have, and I think that they are saved, and that they're going to be with us in heaven."

Jesus quote:... "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6) NASB

Will you trust books written by Billy Graham or the Scripture in the Bible that was inspired by God. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Charles Stanley quote: ".... Ephesians 2:8-9 says faith in Jesus Christ is the only requirement for salvation, not baptism..."

(Note: Ephesians 2:8-9 Does not say that faith is all that is required for salvation)

Jesus quote: "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved..."(Mark 16:16) (NASB)

Would you rely on books written by Charles Stanley for spiritual guidance or would you trust the written word of God?

Max Lucado quote: "Is it possible for an unbaptized believer to be saved? Yes, definitely. Should every believer be baptized? Yes, definitely."

The apostle Peter quote: "Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you...(1 Peter 3:21)

Would you be willing to believe every word that Max Lucado writes in his books or would you rather trust every word of the Bible as inspired by God?

John MacArthur quote: " Water baptism is certainly important, and required of every believer. However, The New Testament does not teach that baptism is necessary for salvation."

New Testament quote: "Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins..." (Acts 2:38)

Would you want to trust what John MacArthur says about New Testament salvation or would you rather trust the words written in the New Testament ?

Why any believer in Christ would read the books written by men who pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ is an enigma beyond explanation.

You can trust teachers of error or you can trust God but you cannot trust both.


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