"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    Doctrine of God- Herman Bavnick

    Taken from The Doctrine of God (Pg. 18-21)

    Mystery is the vital element of Dogmatics. It is true that he term "mystery" in Scripture does not indicate abstract-supernatural truth in Romish sense; nevertheless, the idea that the believer would be able to understand an comprehend intellectually the revealed mysteries is equally unscriptural. On the contrary, the truth which God has revealed concerning himself in nature and in Scripture far surpasses human conception and comprehension. In that sense Dogmatics is concerned with nothing but mystery, for it does not deal with finite creatures, but from beginning to end raises itself above every creature to the Eternal and Endless one himself.

    By virtue of this revelation it is first of all established that God is a person, a conscious and free-purposing being, not shut in by the narrow confines of this universe but highly exalted above nature.

    Not only does scripture ascribe human organs and qualities to God, as we shall see later on, but it also tells u that he walked in the garden, Gen 3:8, that he descended at the building of the tower of Babel.

    God is a personal being, self-existent, have the source of life in himself, self-conscious, and self-willing, not shut in by nature but exalted above nature, Creator of heaven and earth.

    This God can appear and reveal himself in definite places, at definite times, to definite persons: to the patriarchs, to Moses, to the prophets, in the garden, at the building of the tower of Babel, at Bethel, on Sinai, in Canaan, at Jerusalem, on Zion, etc

    Posted by Marco on May 19, 2014 05:16 PM


    Let's not forget we too should know God on earth:

    1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

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