Tuesday, January 30, 2018

3.2 Humanity and Angels in Creation 1

3.2 The Life of Creation
3.2.1 Humanity in Creation
What was humanity like before the Fall? (discussion of evolution in next chapter)
  • good
  • not slaves to Sin
  • in community with God/holy
  • not destined for death
  • finite
  • image of God
  • male and female
3.2.1 The Other Life God Created
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Micro-organisms
  • Other Life in the Universe?
3.3 Heavenly Beings
3.3.1 Rule of Faith
  • God created spiritual beings as well as animals and humans (Nicene Creed--things seen and unseen).
  • God created them good, but with the capacity to choose, just as humans.
  • Satan ("Lucifer") made the wrong choice, as did about a third of the angels (Revelation, Isaiah 14?).
  • Fallen angels are demons, the "gods" of the other nations.
  • In the first age and the old covenant, angels are ministering spirits sent for those about to inherit salvation (Heb. 1:14).
  • Jesus' exorcisms were the beginning of their ouster (Luke 11:20).
  • Jesus' death defeated the Devil (Heb. 2).
  • Jesus pronounced victory over them after his resurrection (1 Peter 3).
  • Christians will judge (fallen) angels (1 Cor. 6:2-3).
  • The "lake of fire" was created for them (Revelation).
  • Angels will worship God forever (Heb. 12).
Previous posts
Chapter 1: What is Biblical Theology?
Chapter 2: Theology of God
See the here.

Chapter 3: Creation and Consummation
3.1 The Creation Rule of Faith 1
Creation Rule of Faith 2

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