Jul 8, 2010

Paul's View of God

"God’s ways for Paul are ‘unsearchable’ and ‘inexhaustible’ (Rom. 11.33). He
agreed with the Old Testament legacy that God is holy and ‘other’ or transcendent (cf. Isa. 6.2–5). Through Christ God, however, is also approachable, or in the words of Eberhard Jungel today, also ‘thinkable’ or ‘conceivable.’ Through Christ God becomes a daily reality in Paul’s life. God the Father is ultimately the Creator of the universe, but he created everything that exists through Christ (Col. 1.15–17; 1 Cor. 8.4–6; cf. Rom. 11.33–36). Paul knows God daily especially through prayer."

Anthony C. Thiselton, The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostles Life and Thought (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2009), 49.

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