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Creation as deliverance

Bruce Waltke:

the creation narrative is a story of redemption, of the triumph of light over darkness, of land and sky over water, both of which are essential for life

[An Old Testament Theology, 181].

 

Rolf Knierim:

Creation and Israel’s own history are correlated under the aspect of Yahweh’s salvific actions. Creation out of chaos is seen as the first in a chain of salvific actions. Here, world order and Israel’s history are united under one purpose, liberation from chaos and oppression. Thus, it can be said that Yahweh is the creator of the world because he is its liberator from chaos, just as he is the creator of Israel because he is its liberator from oppression. Therefore, the notion of liberation belongs to both creation and Israel’s history.

[The Task of Old Testament Theology, p. 209–201]

 

C.f. Psalm 74:12–17; Isaiah 40-55

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The Bible teaches that regeneration and faith are temporally simultaneous, but regeneration logically precedes faith.

No time passes between the new birth and faith. There is no possibility of someone being born again but not having faith yet.

But they are logically distinct – new birth logically, not temporally, comes before faith.

Does a baby have life and then breathe, or does he breathe and thereby have life?

It’s really impossible to separate temporally. Breathing is the definition of being alive. So temporally we don’t separate the two. But logically, do you breathe and then become alive? No. Because before you do anything you have to be alive.

Our faith in Christ does not effect (or cause, or bring about) our regeneration. Believing is the result of our regeneration, which is granted by the Father through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Original Source: http://mriccardi.blogspot.com/2009/10/regeneration-and-faith-temporally.html

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