Saturday, April 02, 2011

Goldsworthy: "The gospel achieves noetic salvation for us through the perfect mind of Christ our Savior."

"It stands to reason that, if the fall involved an epistemological disaster, then salvation must include epistemological redemption. Sinful thinking is 'snake-think', the kind of noetic rebellion proposed by the serpent in Eden. It is diametrically opposed to the mind renewed by the gospel. The godless presuppositions underlying the temptation and fall in Genesis 3 include the following:
  1. If God is there, he does not communicate the truth.
  2. We do not need God to reveal the rational framework for understanding reality.
  3. Human reason is autonomous, and the ultimate arbiter of truth and falsity, right and wrong.
"...This noetic fall must be addressed by the gospel if the salvation of fallen humans is to be complete. The gospel achieves noetic salvation for us through the perfect mind of Christ our Savior. This is part of his righteous make-up as the perfect human being. His is the human mind in perfect relationship with the mind of God. To be justified includes our noetic justification. In this sense all believers have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). Our noetic sanctification is the fruit of our justification in Christ. It is the gradual formation within us of what we have in Christ through faith. the renewal of the mind is an ongoing process by which our thinking is conformed more and more to the truth as it is in Jesus."
"...Christ is designated as the 'wisdom of God' (1 Corinthians 1:24) and also 'our wisdom' (1 Cor. 1:30). He is the difference between the world's wisdom, which in reality is foolishness, and the wisdom of God, which the world perversely assesses as foolishness. The epistemological framework that corresponds with reality is the gospel itself." - Graham Goldsworthy, Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics, pp. 60-61