Adapted from, INTRODUCTION TO THE DOCTRINE OF GOD by George T. Frey, Jr.
“Everyone’s A Theologian” – R.C. Sproul
What Dr. Sproul means is that everyone has some idea about God, and therefore they have a theology. Most often this will be an opinion about God (or the existence of God) representative of some:
- personal or peer emphasis,
- system of knowing,
- or religious association.
For those of us who are Christians (especially Christian ministers) the Lord requires that we have an accurate Theology. To the extent that God has revealed himself, and enabled us to recognize and understand that revelation, we are responsible for knowing God as He actually is.
So you are a theologian, but are you a good theologian? Is your knowledge of God accurate and personal. Is it the result of quality time spent with the Lord studying His self-disclosure, and worshiping Him “in spirit and in truth?” (John 4:21-24 (1-42))
I contend that a good Theologian’s relationship with God is both informed and personal. This quality of relationship is necessary to good theology.
But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me,… – Jeremiah 9:24 (23-24)
This verse calls for an accurate knowledge of God’s Being (essence), “attributes,” character, and ways. (to the extent that He has revealed Himself)
… this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. – John 17:3
Understanding and knowing God is necessarily relational. Whatever we think we know about God in an academic sense, must be brought into a relational context for clarification. Such relationships are built on mutual self-disclosure. This kind of self-disclosure is more than just what is known about the other, but gains value through the interpersonal experience of self-disclosing.
God knows you better than you know yourself yet there is still a sense in which we disclose ourselves to Him, in response to His love. Hiding from God, in any way, is not only impossible, but also stifles our relationship with Him.
God has revealed Himself to us, not just for information’s sake, but to enable us to love and trust Him.
I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me. – Proverbs 8:17 (Jer 29:13; Heb 11:6)
Faith in God begins with seeking Him through His self disclosure, according to His promise that we will find Him.
Without His self disclosure God cannot be known as we need to know Him.
“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.” – Proverbs 1:28
On this page our approach to Theology Proper will not only be an educational study, but also a study toward developing a loving relationship with our Heavenly Father. We desire to actively involve ourselves in personal relationship with the Lord.
We love Him because He first loved us. – 1 John 4:19 (7-5:3)