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Gnosis-SophiaEleuthería-Pneuma Revised

The theological effects of YHYW on ministry and my worldview point

 

Introduction

The theological effects on God on my vocation as a minister and the importance of a sound doctrine as a relationship with the world as a whole can best be stated in such a manner. First, Gnosis, or Knowledge, and wisdom, Sophia, must be achieved by constantly studying and implementing God’s Word. In Theology for Today, Elmer L. Towns illuminates the reader on the following concerning the Bible’s Credibility. “Christianity is as credible as its foundation which is the foundation which is the immutable rock of the Holy Scripture. Nevertheless, this Book is no natural book, for it claims to be a divine revelation, penned by human authors. As such, the Bible has dual authorship written by men in their own language, yet the Holy Spirit guided the process so that both the words and messages are without error or mistake. The following rational argument that the Bible is the accurate Word of God is based on the presupposition that there is a God.

Since God is what He is-infinite, loving, and the Redeemer-we can only expect that, a loving and wise God would reveal a plan of redemption to humanity powerful enough to save him.

Since man is what he is-limited, sinful and needy-we can only conclude that, he needs a message of help that will meet his need.

Therefore, we expect the message of redemption from God that is given to meet the needs of sinful and to be authoritative, accurate, and reliable (Towns 2008,2002, 28).”

Secondly, Eleuthería, freedom, can be defined in such a manner.” freedom, liberty, especially: a state of freedom from slavery (Concordance 2011,1987).” The belief in freedom is not an overturning of Mosaic Law as some theologians but rather a freedom from the rigid structure of the demands or religious ritualism and practice of the Old Testament Covenant.

A final thought is how we as creatures created in God’s image come into play in society. This does not only apply with our interaction with humanity and the natural world, but also our morality and our overall nature. This is what I gained most to help me strengthen my belief (philosophy) and my doctrine (faith, Concept of God and the Church).

 

ten-commandmentsGnosis and Sophia

It is important not only to the minister but for all Christians to be firmly grounded in the Scriptures. The Bible should be the first and primary source of knowledge and wisdom.  One should carefully, take note of the surround passages around the verse being studied and should keep in mind the historical meaning of the passage or verse.  A comparison should then be deduced looking for similarities and differences in the ancient and modern world. The syntax and use of literal and figurative language should also be notated and then a practical application of the central theme should be applied to one’s life to gain full insight I the meaning. I also, recommend always seeking God in prayer before analyzing and interpreting any passage of Scripture.

To try to outline the central theme or Books of knowledge in the Bible would be impractical. However, in regards to Salvation one should start with the Gospels, Acts and then read Romans (Especially Rom 1-8).

One who is entering in the role of ministry should read the Book of 1 Timothy (1 Timothy 3:1-16; 4:6-5:2; 5:17-25). The Books 1 and 2 Timothy deal with pastoral responsibility.

In regards to the Books of Wisdom, or Poetic Books, the main sources would be Proverbs, Psalms, Ecclesiastes and James. However as the whole Bible is the revelation of God, one may never know where illumination may come from. One may discover a passage read one day might provide new insight as one grows in the Spiritual Gifting’s and the Fruits of The Spirit.  Although, the Words have not changed our understanding our theology should blossom as we grow in God, Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Eleuthería

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew5:17:20).”

Although Christ himself state in the Gospel of Matthew he will not abolish or change the Law the Book of Galatians teach that we are no longer required to the ritualism of Jewish customs under the Law (Galatians 5:3). Paul then explains that we should be rid of keeping the law and return to living by grace (Galatians 5:9). The Book of Galatians in general addresses the issues of the Law as it relates to the Christians and has been misinterpreted since the writing of this Epistle. When one compares it to the Book of Hebrews, Colossians, Ephesians, and Romans and James as well as the above quote from Matthew, one gains the full meaning of Christian Liberties. We are to be Servants, of faith Hope and love for Christ, evangelizing and spreading the Gospel. We are to Church plant, and we are to be subservient to the government, to be peacemakers and by sanctification become righteous (less sin full more Christ like) developing in the Fruits of the Spirit. We are to show kindness, compassion, and mercy, to teach, preach and rebuke (but with kindness). We are not to forsake the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20), but to use them as an example for our daily lives. The main purpose for righteousness and servitude is not for us as Salvation is guaranteed to the believer (John 3:16), but to bring others into the glory of God’s kingdom and grace. I firmly embrace we have but one main purpose as Christians which ensures are Eleuthería and is commanded by Christ that is to follow the Great Commission(Matthew 28:16-20).

On Creation and the impact on my Belief and Doctrine

“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;  male and female he created them ( Gen. 1:26-27).”

Many often misinterpret the meaning of man as being created in God’s image. The true definition is more than a physiological meaning and related to the nature of one’s soul and spirit. The difference between the soul and spirit can best be explained in the following way. The soul resides within ones heart and is the source of morality, knowledge of  virtues ( love, kindness, mercy, justice..) and the center of one’s instinctual drives. The Spirit is one divine nature, is the source of the Spiritual Fruit, ones connection with God, and forms a connection with the God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. Unlike are basic desires and instincts only the Holy Spirit can blossom our Fruits. The Spiritual Gifts are the various talents given to humankind to serve others especial in service Of Christ and the Church. Some individual may only be given one gift while others more. However, as one matures in spirit The Fruit blossom and other fellow Christian may instruct us thus gifts can develop more over time. The separation of the soul and spirit has been a controversial area of theology for many centuries. Many theologians have been accused of being heretics for embracing such a belief as it alludes to animals and Angels having souls. However, only humankind and God have a Spirit. This is what is referred to as the image of God in the book of Genesis and this is what humankind has suffered the penalty of death for due to the nature of the sin of Adam and Eve. A sin that is passed down from generation to generation-to-generation and which is ingrained in all of us or as one may say the knowledge of good and evil. A final note on the fall the natural world (animals and the environment) have become hostile to us because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve. This is the penalty of the physical death and loss of immortal life.  The Doctrine of Salvation and Grace of Jesus Christ is a means to restore our proper oneness with God for those who accept Jesus as the redeemer, priest and king, and the one who has and will fulfill the Davidic Covenant during the time of tribulation and the Eschatological Era. All will be judged but only the non-believer will suffer the penalties under the Day of the Lord and The Anti-Christ. For the Christian our judgment will be based on our deeds in order to place us in a position of office in the kingdom of heaven. The Christian will not even be present at the time of the tribulation this time of judgment is for the renewal of the Jewish people and for the non-believer.

jesus-christ-crowned-0609Conclusion

The role of theology on the minister thus can best be broken down into three subareas, Gnosis, Sophia, and Eleuthería. As God created all things as stated in the Book of Genesis and there is only one God made up of Three personas, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. However, All are omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent although Christ chose to limited his Hypostatic Union, “ The incarnation of the Son of God in a human nature inseparably united forever with the divine nature, yet remaining distinctly whole and unchanged forever so that one person , Jesus Christ is truly God and Truly man( (Elwell 184,2001, 583).” This limiting of power was done for several reasons. First, one may recall the bible notes humankind cannot look upon the divine, and secondly I believe Christ did so to teach us that the miracles he performed could be duplicated through him and the Holy Spirit by those who came to believe follow , and serve Jehovah( In all aspects). A final point to consider although all persons are God each one is subservient to the father and each has a unique set of responsibilities in Heaven and Earth to accomplish.

Much more could be written on the topic of Theology and the effects on ministry and I would not even claim to be an expert on such issues. In regards to theology in general it is my believe systematic theology has given me insight into many facets of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit and introduced me to the various doctrines and beliefs of the Apostles, Church fathers and modern scholars on this subject. It is my belief systematics is a sound doctrine as it encompasses many of the other areas of theology and works well for general ministry and study. However, I believe one may wish to explore other areas based on their spiritual gifts to be of maximum service to the Body of Christ and to continue to mature as Christians.

I also hold firm to a believe that since God in omniscient one may benefit from studying the natural sciences, philosophy, mathematics, sociology or other sources of knowledge as well. Even views that claim or seem to disprove the nonexistence of God should be studied. Remember God is also omnipotent and one may never know whom God places in one’s life to evangelize to. Nature and the universe itself can also help one establish a sound doctrine of faith as well. Just beware of false teachers and the powers of principalities, consult the Bible first, and as always pray.

 

In God Christ and then Holy Spirit,

Trenton Clark Rindoks

 

Word count: # 2047

Bibliography

Concordance, Strong’de. HELPS Word-studies. 2011,1987. http://biblesuite.com/greek/1657.htm (accessed July 5, 2013).

Elwell, Walter A. “Evangelical Dictionary of Theology 2nd Edition.” In Evangelical Dictionary of Theology 2nd Edition, by Walter A. Elwell, 218-219, 583-584. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 184,2001.

Towns, Elmer L. Theology for Today. Mason: Cengage Learning, 2008,2002.

 

 

 

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