Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Word of God

Bavinck gives examples of the following senses of the word of God:

(1) the power of God by which he creates and upholds all things

(2) special revelation by which God makes something known to the prophets

(3) the content of revelation

(4) the gospel

(5) scripture

(6) Jesus

And then he waxes lyrical:

Christ as the Word of God: “He is the Logos in an utterly unique sense: Revealer and revelation at the same time. All the revelations and words of God, in nature and history, in creation and re-creation, both in the Old and the New Testament, have their ground, unity, and centre in him. He is the sun; the individual words of God are his rays. The word of God in nature, in Israel, in the NT, in Scripture may never even for a moment be separated and abstracted from him. God’s revelation exists only because he is the Logos. He is the first principle of cognition, in a general sense of all knowledge, in a special sense, as the Logos incarnate, of all knowledge of God, of religion, and theology (Matt. 11:27).” (Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 1 p402)

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