Two interesting ideas

Hey, folks, time for a little Biblical Theology. Two passages: John 20:12 and Genesis 3:22 (these are not related). In John 20:12, Mary sees two angels, one at the foot, and the other at the head. This is the antitype for which the two cherubim overshadowing the ark in the Most Holy Place is the type. What was between those two cherubim was the tablets of the covenant (the Ten Commandments). Therefore, Jesus is the New Word of God.
The other passage is a translation issue: it should be translated: “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man had been like one of us in knowing good and evil.’ ” Interesting thoughts flow from this understanding of Genesis: Satan is a liar when he says, “You will be like God” (they were already like God). The other way this makes so much sense is that this verse as normally interpreted portrays God as some kind of selfish paranoid God who can’t stand to have mankind come up too close to Him. Rather, God wants mankind to be as close to Him as they are capable of being. All of a sudden, my proposed translation makes the whole paragraph a statement of grace: “It would be terrible for mankind to live in this awful state forever.” I cannot take credit for either idea, but they deserve a wider circulation.

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4 Comments

  1. November 10, 2006 at 10:55 am

    [...] I believe that the phrase “partaker of the divine nature” harkens back to Genesis and its phrase “be like God.” Adam and Eve were created like God. They lost that image in the Fall. See this post for my interpretation of Genesis 3:22, an important linch-pin in this argument. Having now become “not like God,” we are here promised that we will one day become again “like God.” In what way will we be like God? It will not be by some swallowing up into the Divine essence. Rather, the negative benefit helps us understand the nature of our partaking. If the negative benefit is escape from corruption, then the partaking must also be morally related. Being free from sin, we will have the same purity of morals that God has. This is confirmed when we look at the context of verse 3, which says “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” We will truly have godliness then. It is a case of the already-not yet. We already have godliness in justification. However, our godliness is not yet consummated at the end of the sanctification process. When that happens, we will truly be like God. Peter here means what Paul means in 2 Corinthians 13:14- “the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.” Our communion with God will be so close that it can be said to participate in God’s pure, spotless nature. [...]

  2. Jerom said,

    December 19, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    haha great! I must show that to my friend :D

  3. brad said,

    January 10, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    It is certainly social conditioning, or poor parenting.

  4. January 10, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    very nice blog!mary


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