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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE SCANDAL OF GOD AS "FATHER"...

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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE SCANDAL OF GOD AS "FATHER"...

You may have heard that we learn about Jesus from the New Testament, and we learn about the Father from the Old Testament... I disagree. I think it's more accurate to say we learn about Jesus - who reveals the Father in full - from the New Testament. And with that understanding of God, we finally have the proper perspective to approach all that came before with a consistent ethic of interpretation provided by the nature of the Son. That we might believe we see the "Father" so perfectly in the Old Testament, when the Old Testament itself is scarcely so bold as to even define God in that way? ...It's a truth that has been hidden in plain sight. And it's a truth that could change a lot about how we see things. To know that, any time we speak of God as Father, we are speaking to something else as well... We are speaking to the reality that it was only Jesus who was able to convince us of such a thing.

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"I DID NOT COME TO ABOLISH THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS..."

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"I DID NOT COME TO ABOLISH THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS..."

This is especially for anyone who has ever wondered how you can both honor the Old Testament AND honor the fact that Jesus presented a great challenge to it in how he revealed God.

If God had been perfectly depicted and known through the Old Testament, there would have been no reason for Jesus to come and make God known... So Jesus said he didn't come to abolish the Law and prophets? Yes, he did. But what he was not doing was insulating the Jews from having to approach everything they'd known in a brand new and revolutionary way... 

 

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