(Some) ReformationalBasics David R Hanson MA FRCS (WYSOCS) Open Day 2012
Existence is response• Creation is always no more than response to God‟s word• it couldn‟t exist apart from that word.
“all the way down”• We humans, and all the rest, are material creatures “all the way down”• that‟s how the Word supports us.• Holiness too goes “all the way down” .
“all the way down”• But creation is a spiritual reality too, “all the way down”.• The Spirit of God was busy long before humans showed up.• Since all creation‟s response is to God, it is therefore spiritual.
Faithful• Creation is made, upheld and directed by God‟s faithful, covenantal (not „absolute‟) sovereignty.• God is committed (given) to his creation…• a “covenant between me and all life on earth” (Gen.9:17)
Established by decree• An “unbreakable” covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and earth” (Jer.33:25)• “You established the earth and it endures. Your laws endure to this day for all things serve you” (Ps 119: 90,91.)
By Word of Mouth (Ps. 147)• “determines”; “calls” v.4• “covers”; “supplies”; “makes” v.8• “provides” v.9• “sends command”; “word runs swiftly” v.15• “spreads”; “scatters” v.16• “hurls down” v.17• “sends word and melts”; “stirs up… and waters flow” vs.19• “revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel” vs.19
- a law-order• Creation is articulated, not „floppy‟.• Its skeleton or scaffolding is a law-order, spoken by God• and specified in multiple ways to hold for creatures.
God‟s law words• hold for all created things• penetrate all creation • a scaffold for existence & action• like staves on an orchestral score • awaiting action / performance• a dynamic order
School• Education / learning is life-long• Every part of it is there to sustain our “spiritual” answer to God‟s Word• History, Physics and French are some of the faces of God‟s Word
What‟s Scripture for?• It tells the story of Creation, its predicament in human sin and its glorious future• Of God‟s coming in human form to redeem and rule it• Of the human calling to open up its mysteries & make all its forces serviceable to Him