So a long time reader pointed me to this gentleman and I am so glad that he did. So Wes thank you.
Q. What spirits are they?
A. The good angels are spirits; the bad angels are spirits; and
the souls of men are spirits
(Heb 1:7,14; 1
Kings 22:21,22; Rev 16:13,14; Acts 7:59; Heb
Again the music in my head has been drowned out by the voices shouting at one another. Really I need to limit my Twitter use. So I turned to my daughter and asked her what she has been listening to and she pointed me to this. I was impressed with the choreography and the song was pleasant so enjoy.
Well fellow travelers it’s been a weird night and I don’t know if I can do an articulate post tonight. Check back tomorrow.
I fully admit that there are certain things that tend to make me erupt. Certain triggers that makes me bark like that Russell Terrier next door. One of these happens to be dispensational hermeneutics. Now a little back story. I came to Christ during the heyday of Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth. I grew up in what can only be called a liberal protestant church so the first time I was exposed to the concepts of the imminent return of Christ, the rapture, the tribulation, I was scared spit less. I didn’t want to be “left behind”.
Later on I went through a series of teaching at the Bible church that I was attending called “God’s plan for the ages” In it I learned what can only be called “classic dispensationalism” Seven dispensations or economies, separation of Israel and the Church and the “grammatical-historic hermeneutic”.
So on twitter I was asked why I didn’t like the “grammatical-historic hermeneutic” and I replied:
Yes everyone replies with that statement as if that was the problem instead of the wooden literalism they thrust upon it.
Which is a bit snarky I will freely admit and let me apologize for the snark right now. But it is true it isn’t the “grammatical-historic” method or interpreting. In R.C.Sproul’s book Knowing Scripture he lists this method as one of the interpretive methods used to understand the text of scripture. What I dislike is the presuppositions that are applied to the method that tend to skew the results.
For instance it has been my experience that those that follow the dispensational method of grammatical-historic interpretation (here to be known as DMGH) tend to down play the genre of the text and the theological implications of the text. Take the case of Sarah and Hagar.
In Galatians 4 Paul takes the historical narrative regarding Sarah and Hagar and says they are metaphors for two types of covenants. But that violates completely what you would interpret from that story in Genesis but Paul adds a theological interpretation that wouldn’t be allowed under the strict literalism of dispensationalist.
And there lies the problem I have with DMGH it must be always the literal meaning even though there are multiple times that isn’t how the text is being interpreted by other writers of the scripture. Examples Matt 1:23 ~Isa. 7:14 following DMGH Isa. 7:14 can only be fulfilled in the time of Ahab and in fact according to Isa. 8:1-4 Isaiah’s son actually fulfilled the prophecy. Yet Matthew says this applies to Jesus. So there must be something more than just grammar and history regarding this interpretation there is a theological genre that must be added to it.
This wooden hermeneutic which IMHO does more damage to the text by not considering the total: Grammatical, historical, genre, and theological method which is I believe the more fuller method of biblical interpretation.
Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”
Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
HT: Adam 4D
Kinda burned out on movies so shutting the door for now. Trying to get more reading in so look for book reviews.
Q. Is there no other spirit but the true God?
A. Yes, there are many spirits.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1John 4:1