Saturday, March 11, 2006
Too Much Theology?
Don't be afraid of Theology. Christian Theology, while technically, "the study of God", encompasses all the study of all the truths of Scripture.
We all have a Theology framework, a way of understanding Scriptural truths. Some of our Theology frameworks may be defective, some may be accurate.
When you see someone who is "so Theological that they're no earthly good", don't think, "They are just filled with too much Theology."
The truth is, they need more Theology, not less. But they need the right part of Theology, added to, or replacing their current parts.
For example, if they delight in the death of the wicked, they need to understand that the Lord does NOT delight in the death of the wicked.
2nd example: If they are operating under the Mosaic or Old Covenant, they need to understand that the Old Covenant is made obsolete by the New Covenant.
3rd example: If they are "cold" in their Theology, they may need to incorporate the Theology of 1 Corinthians 13, the famous "Love" passage.
4th example: If their Theology understands that they can do anything if they set their mind to it, they may need to understand that we can do nothing apart from the Lord, and must walk in His Spirit.
5th example: If their Theology puts them under condemnation because they fail, they may need to understand that there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.
6th example: If they think they're "better" than the next guy because they have some theological knowledge, they need the theology that asks them, "What do you have, O man, that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if you didn't receive it?"
Don't throw out the "baby" of Theology with the "bathwater" of bad or incomplete Theology. Keep seeking the face of the One who IS the Truth, keep studying the Scriptures, and be being filled with the Spirit, and your Theology will be the better for it.
In other words, we need to be full of the Word of God, rightly divided, and filled with His Spirit, and that's Theology of the highest sort.
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