April 9, 2015

We Worship the Lord God of Truth

By In Blogs, C.Jay Engel

All true propositions are known by the mind of God and there is nothing in the mind of God that is not truth.  To the extent that a human being knows truth, he knows propositions that are also in the mind of God.  The truthful propositions that we possess are not analogous of the truth that exists in the mind of God, for then we would have something besides the truth itself.  But Paul tells us that we have the “mind of Christ.” (1 Cor 2:16) Rather, the propositions in our mind, if they are true, are among the very propositions that make up the mind of God.

Of course, being creatures, we certainly don’t even come close to having the same amount of true propositions in our minds as are in the mind of the Omniscience Lord.  In fact, the knowledge of the wisest of the human race is not even a blip on the scale that might represent the knowledge of God.

And yet, when God tells us to believe the truth of the Gospel message, he is asking us to assent to propositions that exist in the mind of God Himself. In seeking Truth, He is calling us to communion with His very essence, which is Truth. When Christ prayed to his Father to “sanctify them by Thy truth” (John 17:17), he was portraying the fact that it is through knowledge of the Truth that we grow closer to our King. We were created in His image, as rational beings, who can understand the thoughts of our maker. We are called to grow in Truth, to be sanctified by it, and to proclaim it to our fellow image-bearers everywhere we go.

Gordon Clark:

But if we know anything at all, what we know must be identical with what God knows. God knows the truth, and unless we know something God knows, our ideas are untrue. It is absolutely essential therefore to insist that there is an area of coincidence between God’s mind and our mind.

Robert Reymond:

Christians should be overwhelmed by the magnitude of this simple truth that they take so much for granted—that the eternal God has deigned to share with us some of the truths that are on his mind. He condescends to elevate us poor undeserving sinners by actually sharing with us a portion of what he knows. Accordingly, since the Scriptures require that saving faith be grounded in true knowledge (see Rom. 10:13–14), the church must vigorously oppose any linguistic or revelational theory, however well-intended, that would take from men and women the only ground of their knowledge of God and, accordingly, their only hope of salvation.

We worship a God of Truth. There is no lie in Him. We must therefore, full of grace and love, push back against the tendency among contemporary Christians to deny that Christianity is primarily about doctrines, who deny that Christianity is, at its very root, at worldview. We must refuse to go along with the seemingly pious claim that “we ought not make Christianity too rational.” No! We serve a rational God and all that He knows is consistent and logically pure.

And secondly, we must be ready to defend our worldview from critics who assume that the Christian is one who has placed reason on the shelf in preference of faith. What an ignorant assumption! Reason is unavoidable, it cannot be placed on the shelf. It is the way man thinks because it is the way his creator thinks. Faith is not separated from reason and logic, as Thomas Aquinas taught. Rather, reason and logic flow from faith, which itself is intellectual, as Augustine taught.

We worship the Lord God of Truth, who is eternally perfect in His knowledge.

Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. 

~Psalm 31:5~

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In memory of the great Gordon H. Clark, who died 30 years ago today. It was Clark whom the Lord used to completely reawaken me to the greatness of a Reformed Christian epistemology and helped me set a firm foundation in the Scripture for everything I seek to develop in regards to political and economic theory. In the works of Clark I found one of the most brilliant defenses of the Christian worldview and also a remarkable enthusiasm for precision of thought and consistency of reasoning.  He is among the most important of my intellectual influences.

Written by C.Jay Engel

Editor and creator of The Reformed Libertarian. Living in Northern California with his wife, he writes on everything from politics to theology and from culture to economic theory. You can send an email to reformedlibertarian@gmail.com