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God and man and perichoresis – You should know the first; you think you know the second; what about the third?

These are the slide packs for SysTheo test next week. We spent the entire first semester studying God because Tozer says that all problems and subjects and doctrines rely fully on the Doctrine of Who God Is. To quote,

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. … Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God. For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. This is true not only of the individual Christian, but of the company of Christians that composes the Church. Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God, just as her most significant message is what she says about Him or leaves unsaid, for her silence is often more eloquent than her speech. …”

and again,

“The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God.”

and finally,

“All the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront us together and at once, would be nothing compared with the overwhelming problem of God: That He is; what He is like; and what we as moral beings must do about Him…”

. . . Based on that truth, He must be studied before considering all of the other doctrines. We did that and now we look at the rest of Theology. The seam though is a concept called Perichoresis. This is the idea that is much analogous to the Analogy of Being and General Revelation. In relation to the nature of the Incarnation, Church father, Gregory of Nyssa says that we ought not to be too surprised by the Incarnation (I will explain why this is in another post soon and will put a link here) because, quote

“Deity is in everything, penetrating it, embracing it, and seated in it” (Great Catechism 25)

This is not to be confused with pantheism, rather that God, expressing all creation out of Himself (He spoke and there was – not made from things which were visible []) made a universe that look sand works like Him – the Triune Godhead, 3-in-1. In God there is Unity and Diversity. In Creation there is Unity and Diversity. As He is, so are we.

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So, some slides: Check it!

Perichoresis

Anthropology
Also, for those of you that need “crazzzzzy” rap-music to help you learn a catechism on the atonement . . . here you go!

 

 

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By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (ESV)

Triune Praise: A delightful challenge . . .

Can you figure out how many passages are being (directly) referred to in this song? See the video and see the lyrics.

Praise God the Father, the Immortal Creator
For Your glory you made us, You’re the Sovereign Orchestrator
All that You decree will most surely come to happen
You’re awesome as can be and Your glory none can fathom
Nothing could ever stain You, the heavens can’t contain You
We thank You for sending Your Son to explain You
Otherwise we would have remained in the dark
but You sent Your Holy Spirit to spark a change in our hearts
According to Your eternal purpose and will
You determined to reveal Yourself to those who deserve to be killed
Those of us whom You foreknew adore You
We praise You that You predestined us to be conformed to
The image of Your Son who’s the radiance of Your glory
When I meditate on it, the weightiness of it floors me
So Father, we’ll praise you over and over again
Because You sent Your only Son to atone for our sins

(Chorus)

Glory to the Father, Glory to the Son,
Glory to The Spirit- Three and Yet One
One in Your essence, Three in Your Person
The same in Your nature, distinct in Your working
Oh my soul- behold the wonder of the Trinity
Blessed be the Trinity, Oh, what a mystery!
I’ll stand amazed for the rest of my days
Pouring out my heart in Triune praise

Praise God the Son, Second Person of the Trinity
You’re distinct from the Father, yet you share in His divinity
Fulfilling an eternal covenant- You came through
To planet earth to save who? All the Father gave You
You became a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief
For the glory of Your Father You extinguished the beef
That stood between us at the cross- the Father’s anger released
The Shepherd slain for the sheep, the situation is deep
I can’t find the right language to speak, in fact it’s making me weep-
Just the thought of You saving this creep
You’re risen from the dead, I still can’t get this in my head,
How the Judge could leave the bench and go to prison instead
Lord Jesus, you’re amazing, Your bleeding is what saved men
It’s the reason why we’re praising, can’t wait to see Your face
In the meantime, please help us to see You as colossal
And by the Spirit live lives worthy of the gospel

(Chorus)

Praise God the Holy Spirit, 3rd person of the Trinity
Distinct from Father and Son, yet share in Their divinity
Holy Spirit we praise You, You don’t like the spotlight
You’d rather point away from yourself and give props to Christ
But yet because You’re God, You deserve veneration
And You’re the One responsible for our regeneration
You apply the finished work of Christ to all the elect
Your call is effectual- You haven’t lost one yet
You comfort us when sin, Satan and the world got us bothered
And it’s only by You that we cry out “Abba Father”
You’re the Spirit of adoption, the Spirit of Truth,
You graciously provide Your people with the gifts and the fruit
You help us kill sin and dis-attach us from our idols
If it wasn’t for You, we’d never understand the Bible
Because You wrote it- For our life it will surely suffice
Amazingly, You do it all for the glory of Christ!

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11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (ESV)

For by it the people of old received their commendation. (ESV)

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (ESV)

“Lyrical Theology” Proper : Help from a rapper {Lyrics for the SysTheo Exam}

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