And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
(in order of mention from sermon)
Last Time We Learned…
- That Scripture makes much more sense when you learn how it is organized.
- That because of our limitations, man will never naturally be happy doing as God instructs.
- That God often acts to overcome human limits.
Things to Learn About My Own Walk with God this Week…
- That because God is there, we are able to know.
- That God’s knowledge is far above ours in every way.
- That there is a continuity of thought between God and ourselves.
Epistemology – “The theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.”1
‘Are… Higher’ – גָּבְהוּ (gobhû) – ‘…hard to understand, formally, high, i.e., not be able to have a functional understanding of a principle or subject…’2 This word is framed as a completed action, so we are left to consider the totality of not being able to see like God due to His elevated position.
‘The Pattern’ – בְּתַבְנִיתָם (bĕtabnîtām) – “…replica, model, i.e., something that is a representation of something… written detailed plans…”3 So God gave a detailed description of what He wanted; the creativity of the craftsmen was limited to that pattern.
The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own Glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added …” 4
1 Oxford Living Dictionary,
2 James Swanson, Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997).
3 James Swanson, Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament).
4 Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter I, Article VI (Emphasis Mine)