It’s hard to believe that July is almost over! But alas, at the beginning of the month I posted in my July Goals an objective to write out a few particular doctrinal summaries, and the last one is completed (thank you Jesus for your help!).
I had a class assignment to write out what I believe about certain topics, but I cannot reiterate how important it is to know what you believe on specific areas of theology. WAKE UP! Let me state again: THIS HAS MASSIVE IMPLICATIONS FOR YOUR SANTIFICATION! We will always be ministering to humans, and we will need to discern if what people are thinking about themselves is biblically accurate or not. A biblically accurate view of humanity is ultimately significant and critical for being minister of the gospel, for helping people form a christian way of life and live righteously in the world. We must consider questions like: How did God make creation, why man was created, and for what purpose was man created? Do you believe in a theistic evolution or creation ex nihilo (out of nothing)? What roles do men and women have- are they the same, why? How do you articulate what you believe about gender roles- do you have a grammar of faith that is testified through the word of God?
One’s doctrinal summaries should primarily be informed by Scripture- as such I have taken measures to put specific scripture passages in parathesis for further review. This is just a summary, I could write more, but nevertheless. Here it is- my doctrine of man….
I affirm the Fiat Creationism view, a literal reading of the creation account, that is, God creates by His will and word ex nihilo. It was not necessary for God to create man, nor was God contingent on the creation of humanity. God created man for several reasons: for his glory; that man may delight in God; that God may delight in him (primarily displayed in redemption); and that God may share life with humanity (Psa. 16:11, Psa. 27:4, Psa. 73:25-26, Psa. 84:1-2, 10, Isa. 62:5, Zeph. 3:17-18, Jn 10:10). Our salvation and redemption are necessary because of sin coming through the world in our common descent of one man, Adam (Gen 1:27-28, 2:7, 3:20, 9:19, 10). As death came through one man; so also one man, Jesus, gives grace and life as he came to redeem (Rom.5; 1 Cor. 15; Heb. 2:16). There is one race; humanity (Gen 5:2). Within humanity, there are different ethnicities which are demolished by the work of the cross. Humanity reflects the image of God (Rom. 8, Col. 1, James 3:9, 1 Cor. 11:7). The imago Dei (image of God) is universal and nor lost because of sin but primarily substantive, that is that the image is a characteristic or quality in the constitution of man. The imago Dei is also relational, in that man is a spiritual and relational being with rational capabilities. The imago Dei is also functional in that man has the capacity to be productive and be creative which is most commonly displayed in culture. God created everything as good; but it was corrupted in man’s rebellion. In the fall the imago Dei was distorted, as man turned to idols instead of God, self instead of others, and abused the earth selfishly. Evil can be identified with the absence of the good which God intended for man in creation. All sons of Adam have sinned (Rom. 2:15, 1 Cor. 8:12, 1 Tim. 4:2, Titus 1:15, Heb. 10:22, 1 Pet. 3:16 Rom. 12:2). When regenerated the imago is progressively renewed through sanctification. The imago will be perfected in glorification (Rom. 8:29).
I am still developing my doctrine regarding the origin of the soul, but I am inclined towards Traducianism. Namely, that both body and soul are part of reproduction and the soul is immediately created at conception. I affirm a dichotomy of man. Namely, that man is differentiated by a body and soul (Matt. 10:28, 1 Cor. 5:3, 3 John 2, Luke 8:55, Luke 23:46).
I affirm a complementarian view of men and women. Namely that men and women are equal in essence, but distinct in role or function (Gen 1:29). Gender distinctions are not due to the fall, they are universal and timeless rather than cultural (Gen. 1-3, 1 Tim. 2:11-15, Eph. 5:21ff; 1 Cor. 11:3, 1Cor. 14:34). God’s Plan for Sexuality involves interpersonal relationships between the sexes. God’s plan for sexual intimacy is within the marriage for the purpose of procreation and pleasure (Song of Solomon).
What is your doctrine of Man?
Thanks for reading!