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In the Bible, God gives us knowledge of himself and of ourselves, so that through these two intertwined strands we may receive what Calvin called 'true and sound wisdom'. In pursuit of this wisdom, many Christians have learned to interpret Scripture chronologically, following the Bible's developing story from creation, through fall, to redemption, and ultimately to restoration. But what of a contempoy theological approach to scripture, one which focuses on the Bible's main 'characters' —God and human beings— and the nature of their relationship?
Richard Brash presents such an approach, introducing six theological keys to Scripture which help us to better know God and ourselves in the three fundamental areas of being, knowing, and acting. At each stage, he develops the theme of the gracious condescension of the infinite, incomprehensible, and holy God in his relation to finite human beings: creating us in his image, establishing a proportion between his own knowledge and ours, and overcoming sin to take a people for himself through the love-gifts of his Son and Spirit.
If you are looking for an enlarged vision of God and a renewed understanding of your own vocation before the Lord, take up this book and be refreshed in your love for God in heart, soul, and mind
I’m really enjoying reading Richard Brash’s excellent short guide to theology. His six keys are really helpful to getting us thinking about God and ourselves. We are considering using this book to run small group studies at our church and may be taking Richard up on his offer to join a “grill the author” session!
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