Covenant and Community
158 Pages

Covenant and Community


158 Pages


What if God's image is not the blueprint according to which God designed us but is rather the purpose for which he made us and the goal toward which he continues to shape his people? And what if we are not to be a pack of individual images of God but, rather, what if the many people in Christ's church are together meant to form a single image of our three-who-are-one God? What if the fulfillment of God's image was just as much a future hope for Adam and Eve as it is for us? And what if they and we will soon together experience life in a mutually self-giving relationship that mirrors and even participates in the community of the Trinity? How would that change our theology, our churches, our families, and our lives?
What if our future hope is even greater than we ever realized?



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Published 01 January 2008
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Covenant and Community
Covenant and Community Our Role as te Image of God
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COVENANT AND COMMUNITY Our Role as te Image of God
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To te memory of Tim Eekoff wo wept for me long before God granted me tears to weep for my own sin. Tim, your tears for me filled up wat was still lacking in te sufferings of Crist. In my memory of you I see a int of wat te fulfillment of God’s image will be.
Abbreviations/xiii 1 Five Questions /  Let Us Make /  2 3 Make, Create, and Form /  4 Adam /  In te Role of God’s Image /  5 God’s Self-Revelation /  6 he Trinity /  7 8 Covenant /  God’s Image After te Fall /  9 10 Jesus, God’s Express Image /  Bibliograpy/141
  often easier to accept and compreend eac step along a pat if we I know at te outset wat our destination is to be. To tat end I offer tis sort version of te book’s main trust.
God’s image, as used in Genesis :, as noting to do wit te blueprint of ow we were made, and even less to do wit our abilities, desires, or even our original purity. God’s image was not lost at te Fall, because we never ad it to begin wit. God’s image was not “in” us. Rater, we were made “in te role of te Trinity’s image and for te purpose of teir likeness.” he words “our image” describe not us but our intended function in creation. his is our telos, te end toward wic we were made. Furtermore, we are expected to fulfill tis function, and failure to do so is sin.
God’s image will ultimately be manifest not primarily in individuals but in umanity as a wole, specifically in te community of te saints. his group will be united, witout diminising but rater fulfilling te individuality of its members, in a union imaging te tree-wo-are-one union of te Godead.
God will fulfill wat e proposed at our creation; e will complete te work of seeing is image displayed troug us. His image is te escatological end toward wic te entire universe was created, toward wic God sent Satan into te garden, toward wic Jesus was sacrificed. his vast istory was designed by te Fater to bring glory to is beloved Son.
In te end, for God’s image to be complete, we must be entwined into te intimate fellowsip of te Trinity and bound togeter wit Jesus as is bride; we will become family members wit te God-family. Only ten will we be able finally to fulfill our role as umans.
hus te reader knows at te outset were tis book will end. hose four points sum up te substance of te following pages; all te rest is details. he details will, owever, encompass a vast domain: creation, cove-nants between God and umanity, uman purpose, marriage, parentood, uman destiny, life, deat and ell, Jesus on te cross, future glory, sin and rigteousness, and many oter topics of concern not only to teologians but also to every cild of Adam and Eve. In fact, te idea of being made to express God’s image and experience is likeness will be seen to touc on every possible aspect of uman life and even uman deat. I ave come to believe tat tese are among te most all-encompassing four words in te entire Bible; tey are equal in weigt and scope to oter massive prases, suc as “Because I live, you will live also” or “God is love.” In tem God proposed not only tat we be made, but also to wat end we were to be made, and e included is Son and is Spirit in te work; it was to be a team effort. he first alf ofCovenant and Communitydedicated to probing is four words tat Moses wrote in Genesis :, wic are generally rendered into Englis as someting like, “Let us make man in our image and ac-cording to our likeness.” We can see already tat wat Moses said in four words as taken a dozen to translate, and it will take more tan a few more to come to grips wit teir import. he second alf of te book considers a few of te many implications of te doctrine tat emerge from our exegesis. here we ask suc questions as “How does tis doctrine of God’s image impact our understanding of sin, rigteousness, and Jesus’ atonement?” he body of questions exam-ined is necessarily limited and te treatment of eac is brief. It as been possible ere merely to touc on a few key areas of intersection, delving into none deeply and passing by oters altogeter. Noneteless, tose tat are considered indicate bot te breadt and dept of impact tat a proper understanding of our role in tis universe ougt to ave on our understanding of ourselves as creatures and on our understanding of te special relationsip into wic we ave been created. It is my conviction tat, were someone to undertake te task, te wole of systematic teology could be advanced by re-evaluating all aspects witin it in te expectation tat all teological understanding must spring from tree great truts: te Trinity, covenant, and God’s image. hat work will wait. houg only a few topics can be treated in tese pages, it is oped tat te reader will be able to extrapolate attitudes and lifestyles in keeping wit te doctrines discussed. Little is done, owever, by way of applica-