Theology Quotes (Academic)

Vincit Omnia Veritas: The Truth Conquers All Things

Biblical Theology:

  • Unified Theology: “The progressive nature of God’s self-revelation given through the human authors during the unfolding of salvation history creates many interpretive challenges.  Nevertheless, a Christian worldview entails the understanding if God has spoken, and if the Bible is His word, then the Bible is not only entirely true in every respect since God is faithful and true in every sense, but it also exhibits a coherent system of thought because God is coherent.  We can expect to find in the Bible a unified, non-contradictory theology.”  —  James, Hamilton. God’s Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old & New Testaments. (Nashville: B & H Academic , 2006), 1.
  • Criteria for finding allusions: “Among the important criteria for determining the validity of allusions from earlier biblical texts in later ones are:  (1) the earlier text had to be easily available to the author, (2) volume (how clear is the reference verbally?), (3) recurrence or clustering (how often does the alluding author [e.g., Isaiah or Paul] cite the earlier Old Testament reference, or how often does he refer to the same Old Testament context elsewhere?), (4) thematic coherence (how well does the Old Testament reference fit into the later author’s larger contextual argument?), (6) historical plausibility (does the historical situation allow for the possibility that the author could have intended the Old Testament reference and for the readers/hearers to have comprehended it?), (7) history of interpretation (have other interpreter discerned the same Old Testament allusions or echoes in these later texts?).”  —  G. K. Beale. We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry. (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Academic, 2008), 24.
  • Enlightening and Expanding Our Understanding: “The Old Testament may be likened to a chamber richly furnished but dimly lighted; the introduction of light brings into it nothing which was not in it before; but it brings out into clearer view much of what is in it but was only dimly or even not at all perceived before. The mystery of the Trinity is not revealed in the Old Testament; but the mystery of the Trinity underlies the Old Testament revelation, and here and there almost comes into view. Thus the Old Testament revelation of God is not corrected by the fuller revelation that follows it, but only perfected, extended and enlarged.”—Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Biblical Doctrines (New York: Oxford University Press, 1932; reprint, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003), 141-42.

Jonah:

  • Repentance: “He manifests his sovereignty not in stubbornness but in grace; not in narrow particularism but in a willingness to forgive any people. There is, however, a contingency. The book of Jonah does not teach a naïve, lowestcommondenominator universalism. Only genuine repentance can result in forgiveness. God’s threat is not to be taken lightly. His warning is as severe as the Ninevites took it to be.”  —  Douglas, Stuart. Word Biblical Commentary : Hosea-Jonah. Dallas : Word, Incorporated, 2002 (Word Biblical Commentary 31), 496.

Justification:

  • “Because we have been justified by faith we have peace with God, the entrance to this grace has been opened to us, we are given the prospect of the glory of God, the certainty of eternal life (Rom. 5:1-11).”  —  Herman, Ridderbos. Paul: An Outline of His Theology. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1975), 181.
  • “Nothing can be more unscriptural in itself, or more pernicious to the souls of men, than the substitution of the gracious work of the Spirit in us, for the vicarious work of Christ for us, as the grounds of our pardon and acceptance with God.”  James Buchanan, The Doctrine of Justification (Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 1961), 401.

Last Adam Theology:

  • The results and the conclusion of the first Adam: “(i) Adam’s sin is said to be disobedience to the Torah. (ii) As a result of sin Adam lost his glory, immortality, height, the fruit of the earth, the fruit of the trees, the luminaries… (iii) Adam’s sin brought death on the whole of mankind as a result of divine decree.  (iv) The earth was punished because of Adam’s sin. (v) The sin resulted in a breach in Adam’s relationship with God…The conclusion is inescapable: what Adam lost, Christ regained.”  —  Donald, Guthrie. New Testament Theology. ( Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter-Varsity , 1981), 334-335.


    Redemption:

    John Calvin: “Christ is called the Prince of Peace and our peace because He calms all agitations of conscience.  If the method is asked, we must come to the sacrifice by which God was appeased, for no man will ever cease to tremble, until he hold that God is propitiated solely by that expiation in which Christ endured his anger.  In short, peace must be sought nowhere but in the agonies of Christ, our redeemer.”

    Social Justice:

    • Finding a Gospel Centered Balance: “The vision behind words like “missional” and “kingdom” often ends up reducing the church to a doer of good, noncontroversial deeds (e.g., no mention of pro-life concerns as important to community transformation) like every other humanitarian organization…There’s also the danger that we only champion issues that win us cool points.  Let’s be honest, no one we run into is for genocide or for sex trafficking or for malnutrition.  It takes no courage to speak out against these things…Some may be drawn to pro-life issues and others to addressing global hunger, but let’s makes sure as Christians that our missional concerns go farther than those shared by Brangelina and the United Way.”  — Kevin DeYoung, Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion, p. 44-45

    Theology Students:

    • Students of theology must primarily be servants of the church: “Too many theological students come unstuck not because they do not master the sophisticated intricacies of their chosen fields of specialization but rather because they failed their apprenticeships in the basics, the corporate disciplines of church attendance, submission to elders, hard work for the local body, and the individual disciplines which flow from these: private prayer and Bible reading, a crying out to God for his mercy, and a burning desire to be mastered by the Word of God. Successful theological students are never the subjects in theological study; rather they are always the objects of God’s grace. And the church is the place where they will be held accountable for these things. The church, not the seminar room, provides their only true home, their best classroom, and their best form of strenuous spiritual rest. Theological study at the highest level is a high calling indeed; but just for this very reason those who pursue it need to make especially sure that they truly are humble servants of the church.”   Carl Trueman, “Minority Report: A Question of Accountability” from Themelios Journal, July 2009: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/publications/34-2/minority-report-a-question-of-accountability/

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