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| Abraham Yim|
July 27th, 2017 - Thursday
Vern Sheridan Poythress - In the Beginning Was the Word
Chapter Thirteen - World History
We should now focus on the widest, most-broad spectacle of personal action, which is all of the history for all of the world. This history is governed by God’s word, his language, as we hear in Hebrews 1:3: “Christ upholds the universe by the word of his power.” But history is wider than any one human description, right? Human language has meaning within
this larger context, which only God is the sovereign master over. So it is important that we think about history and language, and not simply isolate language from history. But of course for our purpose we will need eventually to bring our observations about history back around to yield insights about language.
To put it simply: the world did not always exist. Rather, it began when God created it. The world therefore exists in a more ultimate context - it exists in the context of God and his actions. God exists separately from the universe. God exists eternally. God in his eternal being and his eternal activity is the source and foundation for activity in creation. God exists. Creatures exist in a rather derivative - or dependent - manner, creatures are dependent on God’s existence. God himself is the one who acts. And creatures act in a way that analogically reflects God’s actions.
So what is the plan - what is the goal? Poythress says, “God is also at the center in the goal of creation, namely, the consummation depicted in Revelation 21:1–22:5. The goal of history is to ‘unite all things in him [Christ]’ (Eph. 1:10). God had a plan from the beginning (Eph. 1:11).” God created the world as the first stage in the execution of his own divine plan. This plan would reach fulfillment when God is all in all - as we may see in 1 Corinthians 15:28. So if this is what the creator wants, what do the creation want? Poythress says, “The creation has ‘longing,’ ‘futility,’ ‘bondage,’ and ‘groaning’ in waiting for final deliverance. Its situation is patterned after the situation of the sons of God, who “groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (verse 23).” As creations, we simply yearn and live to imitate the actions of God - whether we know it or not.
In the beginning of human history, God created man in his image, which corresponds to the Son’s being in the image of God. God commissioned Adam to the work of dominion , corresponding to the commissioning of the Son. Adam was then supposed to carry out his work in obedience to God, but he failed and disobeyed. Hence Christ, the last Adam, intervened. Christ as the last Adam achieved his goal of dominion in the ascension. Thus, for the whole of history, we have a pattern of commission, work, and
reward. These three stages should have been followed by Adam. They are achieved by Christ as the Last Adam.
The result of all this is that God’s actions in speaking are closely tied with a whole variety of actions, which together constitute the whole history of the world. Human action, and human speaking, are to be understood within the larger context formed by God’s speech and actions.
1. What is the ultimate context of the world’s creation?
2. What did Adam do? What did Christ do?
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