The second essential component, in developing a framework for biblical discernment, is a high view of God Himself. Of course, in order for this view to be correct, it must flow from the revelation He has given us about Himself. We must rely on His Word to inform our understanding of who He is.
Throughout church history, the doctrine of God (along with the doctrines of Christ and the Holy Spirit) have faced many attacks. Questions about the Trinity, divine attributes, Christ’s deity, and the personhood of the Holy Spirit, have each been the topic of at least one church council. More recently, questions about God’s sovereignty and the gifts of the Holy Spirit have sparked controversy. But in each of these areas, as believers make their way through the maze of theological rhetoric, only a biblically-informed view of God will allow them to think rightly.
A Biblical View of the Sovereign
God’s greatness quickly emerges from the pages of Scripture as one of His primary characteristics. It is seen in the first verse of the Bible—His creative power and His eternal preexistence. It continues in Genesis 3 with His judgment on the human race, a judgment that culminates in Genesis 6–8 with the Flood. At Sinai, the mountain trembles because God is there. Even Moses, after requesting to see the Lord, is only given a sheltered glance—and he barely survives the experience.
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