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Creation, Fall, Redemption
One of my favorite axioms is, “Nothing is meaningful without a context.” This is especially true with respect to the scriptures. B.B.Warfield argued that unless we understand our faith systematically, that is, in relation to other biblical truths, we lose at least half of the spiritual value of each particular truth we study. Systematic theology is an important discipline. However, there is another helpful way of gaining this larger view. This is by using what has been called the redemptive historical approach— to understand the larger story or using postmodern language—the metanarrative of scripture.
If you had to summarize faith in Christ in a short form, it’s hard to do better than Herman Bavinck: “God the Father has reconciled his created but fallen world through the death of his Son, and renews it into a Kingdom of God by his Spirit.” Note the words created, fallen, reconciled, renews, and Kingdom of God. Note that each of these terms applies to the whole cosmos and not just to individuals. . .