–>The Son of God who risks by Craig Blomberg (essential reading)

This is a very interesting article addressing thoughts and questions we all have that we will never fully have answers for, here in our limited thinking, but will certainly one day have the full answers from our glorious God. Still, it is very interesting to follow the debates between the esteemed men of  God who delve into these deeper studies. I first learned of Craig Blomberg from Lee Strobel’s testimonies as one of the expert contributors to Lee Strobel’s investigation for the Case for Creator,Faith and Jesus book series. Here is a short bio for Mr. Blomberg from Denver Seminary:

Craig Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary and who has written numerous articles in professional journals, multi-author works and dictionaries or encyclopedias, he has authored or edited 15 books, including The Historical Reliability of the Gospels (now revised in a 21st century edition), Interpreting the Parables, Matthew for the New American Commentary series, 1 Corinthians for the NIV Application Commentary series, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey; Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions; Making Sense of the New Testament; Preaching the Parables; Contagious Holiness: Jesus’ Meals with Sinners; and From Pentecost to Patmos: An Introduction to Acts through Revelation.(See complete bio here)

In a post dated Jan. 04,2011 Craig Blomberg writes:

So, too, we don’t have to solve the probably insoluble questions about how much Jesus knew of his identity and mission and when he knew it. Only the apocryphal Gospels ever suggest he sprang from Mary’s womb able to speak and discourse about his deity! But even as he became more and more cognizant of his role on earth, there is no reason to conclude that it was ever revealed to him that he could not sin. In other words, at some point, he is likely to have known about his need for a sinless life, in order to atone for the sins of the world, without knowing for sure that he could fulfill that task. Now that is a God who risks! Or to put it more precisely, the Son of God who at least senses great risk. What if he failed? Had God no backup plan? His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane disclosed something of his inability to answer this question but his hope that there was one. No wonder he was in such agony—agony that went beyond his understandable horror at the physical suffering he would endure on the cross.

Such risk magnifies the glory of the incarnation and the inscrutability of our Triune God far more than simplistic affirmations that it was all certain, all known, all understood, by all persons of the Trinity at all points along the way. Jesus of Nazareth would have sensed enormous risk and felt that he might prove wholly inadequate to the task. What an encouragement to us about his ability to empathize with every kind of weakness and temptation we experience (Heb. 4:14-15a), including when we do sin, which of course he didn’t.

You can read the full article on his Denver Seminary Blog – New Tstament Musings.

4 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. gabi bogdan
    mart. 13, 2011 @ 16:38:05

    Off the subject, I read your discussion with D.M.( for some reason I think I am a ” persona non grata” on his blog). I was shocked , never thought a Christian can not defend the basics of our faith…. Unreal….Our Lord was asking Himself if there will be faith upon His return.Washer , I think, said that most of the theologians he knows are not even borne again….
    I guess beeing surrounded by the european liberal theologians can do a number on anyone. I detected the usual snobbery towards the American Christianity that you find in the liberal media world wide.

    • rodi
      mart. 13, 2011 @ 17:32:57

      His point is loosely tied to the IT controversy and John Stott. One thing I learned is not to jump on a bandwagon to label people with doubt. Just yesterday Ravi Zacharias uploaded a sermon by Gary Habermas (the foremost Christian apologist on the Resurrection of Jesus) in which he talks about going through a period of doubt (imagine that) and deciding to break his silence and help Christians deal with doubt, because many are steered completely out of the Christian community if they admit to ‘ever’ having doubted.
      He has some real valid points that no one else discusses-like when Brian McLaren was declared outside the realm of orthodoxy, most in the Christian community also tended to wash their hands of social justice programs in their missions (by discarding that core piece of McLaren’s teaching) which is a shame. You also have to remember DM is World Vision director so he sees the pain and misery of the world, so his views very much reflect that. We had other conversations before, which have helped me understand some issues clearly. One thing I learned in this one, is not too spend too much time worrying over Rob Bell, who may just be pulling a publicity stunt, but in God’s sovereign wisdom it may help us get our heads straight on the subject of eternal wrath, which today I know a whole lot more about. 🙂

  2. Gabi
    mart. 13, 2011 @ 19:08:05

    See , one of the pitfalls of Arminianism , is the tendency to fall into the ” social gospel”, where man becomes the center. I can see that in our churches, everything revolves around people, their problems, programs. These are not bad In themselves , but when Jesus Christ is taken out of the center , church loses it’s meaning . There are few things in christianity that if we don’t believe them, we are not Christians . If you ever have a chance to listen to Mahaeney T4G ( togheter for the Gospel) , 2010, and listen to RC Sproul sermon. One of the best I heard. He even criticized Al Mohler ( indirectly) for signing the Manhatan Declaration( I hope I have the right name for it).
    Rodi , the way is narrow, and few find it.
    What DM does not understand, is that on the creation / evolution the majority kids lose their faith before they even get to college .

    • rodi
      mart. 13, 2011 @ 21:50:33

      As an inerrantist, that makes me pretty fundamentalist in my beliefs. Although I am relieved at the people who did speak out when they did, I am also relieved that some spoke out and said that we should not automatically make out’ Rob Bell to be a pariah (because we can’t get inside his head and know better than him, what he believes or doesn’t believe). I do agree with that now; that maybe it would have been wiser for the conversation to have waited and could have been debated on facts rather than a frenzy of conjecture.
      I also agree with Mohler’s stands because through all of his ministries he stands up for the truth and speaks up in society, based on Biblical principle. If I applied that litmus test of separation over doctrine, then I wouldn’t read Sproul anymore because he believes in infant baptism. (I totally disavow Universalism and don’t believe in infant baptism, yet still read Sproul, but never could take seriously any of Rob Bell’s books anyways, so don’t even have to decide to stop reading him.
      As to the social gospel, it can be done right – Noel and John Piper stand as one great example. http://noelpiper.com/2011/01/05/passion-2011-really-doing-something-now/. I just have to drive 30 minutes away to see poverty & devastated lives in my own city. And these words weigh heavily:(Matthew 25:31-46) To the "sheep" he says, "Come you blessed of my Father, for I was hungry and you fed me…" In their astonishment they ask, "When did we do that?" And he answers, "When you did it to the lowliest of my brothers (and sisters)." Conversely, to the "goats" he says, "Out of my sight, you who are condemned, for I was hungry and you did not feed me…"
      When's the last time you heard a sermon on this? (Besides Francis Chan who stepped down from his mega church to fulfill this part too, along with preaching to the poor)

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