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February 7, 2007

Christian Mind Paper – Part V I start to show t…

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Christian Mind Paper – Part V

I start to show the weaknesses of this paper with this post. A not insignificant portion of the paper is quotes. And here I include a fairly big one. Doing this is frowned upon.

The covenantal of redemption taken as a whole has its referent in Zechariah 6. Meredith Kline interprets this passage as follows:

The covenantal origins of the royal grant to Christ go back before the making of the covenant with David to the intratrinitarian counsels before the world was, back to a primal divine pact. Though the covenants made between God and man in the course of human history were determined upon in eternity in the all-embracive divine decrees, the actual covenanting between the parties does not occur until the creature party is on the scene. However, since all parties of the intratrinitarian covenant are present at the determination of the eternal decrees, that decretive predestinating is at the same time an actual eternal covenanting of the persons of the Godhead with each other with respect to their relationships in all that they decree concerning creation and redemption. It was in that eternal covenant that the cosmic kingdom of glory was granted to the Son as the reward for his faithful execution of the work the Father gave him to do (cf. Luke 22:29; John 17:4, 5). This covenantal commitment to the Son was renewed in the course of the historical administration of the Covenant of Grace. It came to earthly expression in the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants: Christ was the promised seed of Abraham to whom pertained the promise of kingship and kingdom (Gal. 3:16) and Christ was the son of David to whom the dynastic promises of the Davidic covenant were directed. What Zechariah 6:9-15 prophesies is the Father’s fulfillment of the eternal covenant by bestowing the promised kingdom grant on the Son who came to earth as Jesus, the Christ of God, the son of David, the son of Abraham (Matt. 1:1), and obediently carried out the stipulated task.1

1Meredith Kline “The Exaltation of Christ” Online: http://www.kerux.com/documents/keruxv12n3a1.asp

Note that the above footnote points to the whole article.

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3 Comments »

  1. I like it!

    But what about your explanation of this quote?

    E

    Comment by Echo_ohcE — February 13, 2007 @ 12:22 am

  2. I like the quote too. But there isn’t much exegesis of Zechariah 6 here. So, it becomes a case of “if Kline agrees with me, then I must be right”.

    Comment by Bruce S. — February 13, 2007 @ 1:21 am

  3. Well, in the future, you might want to break up a quote that big, stopping along the way to comment on exactly what verse he’s mentioning in this phrase and what he means by it, perhaps putting the Scripture text either in the paper or in a footnote. That way you’re actually interacting with Kline, showing us how Kline is interacting with the text.

    That’s something I can’t stand about Kline. He makes references to the Bible without quoting it or really explaining what he’s saying about it or how or why. If you have a Bible with you, that helps SOME, but it doesn’t totally solve the problem. You have a hard time tracking his exegesis sometimes.

    So in my opinion, a successful use of Kline entails quoting him and breaking him up into small portions, inserting Scripture quotations where necessary, and explaining each in conjunction, showing the reader how Kline’s mind is working on the text, because he’s not that concerned about doing that, and it’s really frustrating.

    E

    Comment by Echo_ohcE — February 13, 2007 @ 4:49 am


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