Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Means, Not the End

It is quote day here at S&S. Here is a wonderful quote on the goal of God's revelation of Himself in Jesus and in His Word.
The revelation of God was completed in Christ and recorded with complete adequacy in Scripture. But this revelation in Christ and in his Word is a means, not an end. The end is the creation of a new humanity, which will fully unfold the image of God. Therefore the whole revelation must be transmitted from Christ to the church, from Scripture to the [believer's] consciousness. God seeks a dwelling place in humanity. (Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 1, p. 588)

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8