The Servant God
The conversation taking place on my previous post—specifically the comment referring to open theism—has got me thinking about some of my writing and reflection I did on the topic during my university days. I spent an entire undergraduate thesis under the supervision of a self-described “atheistic Jew who is angry with God” advocating open theism as a response to the problem of evil.Looking back on some of this work, I realize—not surprisingly—that the project was characterized by a certain naïveté. Back then, I seemed to have implicitly expected that God could be figured out and placed in neat conceptual packages that dealt with any and all challenges and difficulties. I no longer harbour such illusions.
At any rate, I was snooping around in some of my files today, and came across some interesting passages I highlighted dealing with the nature of God, the scope of his knowledge and power, etc. I was drawn, in particular, to this one from the late Clark Pinnock, whose book Most Moved Mover set me to wondering about some of these things during my university days:
The conventional attributes [of God] rise and fall together. If God is personal and enters into relationships, God cannot be immutable in every respect, timelessly eternal, impassible, or meticulously sovereign.
The gospel does not invite us to think of God in abstract ways and then seek the presence of this deity in Jesus. Instead, it presents the coming of God’s Word in a servant who humbles himself and becomes obedient unto death. Besides redefining what humanity means, the revelation redefines what divinity means.