God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Bible*

September 12, 2006

Lately I’ve been thinking a little (since I’ve been reading about the topic on the blogsphere) about the question of which is more supreme and decisive: bibliology or christology. On the one hand, Christ is the ultimate revelation of God to use. It is through Christ that we learn that God is intimately involved in sending the Son and Spirit to bring us to the Father looking more and more like the Son (the complete transformation to be accomplished at the resurrection. And yes, that was me talking for you, Senora Happy!).

But on the other hand, how could we know of this climactic revelation if it were not for the Scriptures themselves? Of course, for those living in the first century the gospels weren’t necessary to learn of the life of Jesus. Instead, they relied on their own presence at the miraculous acts of Christ and the sight of the empty tomb, or on the oral proclamation of the gospel. But now we who are detached from that time are presented with the above question, which I’m sure has been rehashed plenty of times.
Any thoughts or further reading would be appreciated.

I read the phrase I used as a title somewhere on the blogsphere, not sure where.

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10 Responses to “God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Bible*”

  1. Ron Says:

    Rob,

    You got it from me. I have been using that phrase for 10 years.

    – Ron

  2. Senora Happy Says:

    One of the beauties of God’s revelation to us–whether His incarnate or written Word–is most certainly an exquisite balance–a grand symmetry. Any human effort to imitate that balance in architecture, art, music–is like refrigerator art in comparison.

    Anytime you want to talk for me, have at it, Roberto. Ciao!

  3. Byron Says:

    Christ is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, shares the Father’s glory, is our king and saviour, is the delight of the Father, pouring out the Spirit, having been empowered by him.

    The Bible points to Christ. In some ways, the Bible is like John the Baptist, pointing its finger to Jesus. There really is no contest. As you say, the Bible is the way we hear the gospel of Christ, but it is the gospel of Christ that we hear.

    Have you read NTW’s newish book on Scripture and authority? He has good stuff to say about all this.

  4. Rob Says:

    Thanks for the responses guys, and thanks for claiming ownership, Ron. How are your kids doing?

    Byron – I haven’t read it yet, but I hope to soon. I’m reading Reverse Thunder by Eugene Peterson (I think that’s his name) now. The book I’m really looking forward to is Bauckham’s latest, though.

  5. -mike- Says:

    Peterson is pretty much amazing.

    (Arian)

  6. Mr. Mac Says:

    Question 1: How did Jesus and the Apostles regard OT Scripture?

    Question 2: Are Christians bound to the same regard for OT + NT Scripture?

  7. Kyle Says:

    Um. “God the Holy Bible”? I think it’s better when people admit that they believe this, but I don’t see how somebody could say and think they’re a Christian. Maybe a Muslim, but never a Christian.

    The canon of Scripture is one thing that testifies to Jesus. Not the first thing. Not the only thing.


  8. I think it is a quite profound thing that both Jesus and the written Scriptures are the incarnate word of God.

    Have you ever encountered S. Kierkegaard’s idea of “contemporaneity” before? It would provide an interesting (and probably unique) perspective on this matter. If you want to, check out his work “Practice in Christianity.” I highly recommend it.

  9. Ron Says:

    Rob,

    The boys are doing great, thanks for asking.

    – Ron

  10. Will Says:

    Yeah, just to agree with some of your pals here.
    Both Christ and the Bible are called God’s “Word.” I think to equate them would be a mistake, esp. when you’re talking about a translation of the originals, vulnerable to error. But I guess you could say that the Word you read is an aspect of Christ the Gospel (uneducated theologian speaking). Christ never trumps the written Word, nor the other way around, but Christ is our Gospel. The written word is just the primary way we’ve heard of him. And he gets the ultimate place of interpreting his own Word.
    Am I adding anything, or just spinning everyone else’s plates?


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