31 Days of Feasting on Theology: Chesed

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Gentle Reader,

Chesed: Hebrew word for God’s loving kindness toward Israel. His loyal love and covenant faithfulness. Enduring and eternal.

Related Concepts and/or Examples

From Hesed to Agape – comparing and contrasting the Hebrew and Greek terms

Arminian Covenant Theology – an exploration of chesed and the covenant by Vic Reasoner

The Unconditional Love of God – short devotional reading

God is Kind – a selection of Bible verses

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31 Days of Feasting on Theology: Kenosis

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Gentle Reader,

Kenosis: Christ’s “self-emptying.” The external exchange by which He laid aside the “form of God” and took on the “form of man.” During the Incarnation, Jesus chose to operate within some of the limitations of humanity (i.e., He was not omnipresent).

Related Concepts and/or Examples

What Is the Kenosis? – a place to begin

A Consideration of the Christological Hymn of Philippians 2 – an old paper of mine that touches on kenosis

Kenosis – scholarly definition

Kenotic Theory – prominent views

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31 Days of Feasting on Theology: Rule of Faith

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Gentle Reader,

Rule of Faith: The set of standards that define a religion. Protestants hold to Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”). Catholics and Orthodox use Scripture and Tradition (there are differences in understanding and application of that tradition).

Related Concepts and/or Examples

Tertullian on the Rule of Faith – origin of the phrase

How Important is Sola Scriptura? – from the Arminian perspective

John Wesley on the Bible – how the founder of Methodism understood the Rule of Faith

Irenaus on the Rule of Faith – precursor to Tertullian

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31 Days of Feasting on Theology: Gnosticism

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Gentle Reader,

Gnosticism: A second-century movement with pre-Christian, Hellenistic roots. Emphasizes personal experience over doctrine. Dualistic in nature; matter (what can be experienced through the five senses) is lesser or evil, while the spiritual realm is good. Thus, adherents pursue either asceticism or libertinism, as this world and humanity’s actions within it simply do not matter. The Apostle John was definitely not a fan (see the gospel and the first letter bearing his name).

Related Concepts and/or Examples

A Brief Summary – straight from the horse’s mouth

Gnostic Dualism – again from an adherent

Hellenism – explores and explains this time period

The “Gospel” of Philip – an example of Gnostic literature

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