“Sticking to the Bible at every turn, like it’s an owner’s manual or book of instruction, as the way to know God misses what Paul and the rest of the New Testament writers show us again and again: the words on the page of the Bible don’t drive the story, Jesus does. Jesus is bigger than the Bible.”
–Peter Enns, The Bible Tells Me So
Because the world has been rescued by three words:
“It is written”
I’ve been thinking through the big picture of the bible and wrote down some stuff from books that I’ve been reading, and also from Adam Ellis’ summary on these blogs. Ellis’ words are in bold.
WHO ARE WE?
We are the people of God, created in his image. That image is distorted by the Fall but is still there.
“God created people in his own image.”
“You made us only a little lower than God.”
“They will be masters over all of life.”
“God made human beings precisely in order to care for the earth. We were made to serve this purpose. It is built into our very being; it is our very design.”
“Humans were made to reflect God’s creative stewardship into the world.”
“To image God, then, human beings are charged not only with care for earth and animals (‘subduing’ what’s already there) but also with developing certain cultural possibilities (‘filling’ out what is only potentially there).