Sunday, March 20, 2011

Goldsworthy: "Jesus' mediatorial role is the guarantee of real communication between God and people"

The Derived Presuppositions of Christian Theism
  1. God has revealed himself as rational, and as communicator, as well as sovereign Lord and Creator
  2. Human beings are rational receivers of God's communication, because that is how he has made us.
  3. Sin consists in, among other things, a willful refusal of truth and the substitution of human reason as autonomous in the place of God's self-attesting revelation.
  4. Redemptive revelation and the work of the Holy Spirit are necessary to restore humans to a state where they can receive ultimate, but not exhaustive, truth.
  5. The mediatorial role of Jesus of Nazareth is the guarantee of real communication between God and people. The gospel of Jesus Christ reveals him as the Word of God who is the truth. Jesus as the divine communicator, the saving message and the human receiver demonstrates where the heart of true hermeneutics lies. The gospel is the power of God for salvation, which includes hermeneutical salvation.
"...we must resist all attempts to remove the sovereignty of the Creator-Word from our thinking about meaning and communication. Consistent evangelical hermeneutics must begin with God as he has revealed himself in Jesus Christ." -- Graeme Goldsworthy, Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, pp. 53-54