Dave Williams speaking on theology (part #2). He spoke on two types of “ologies” – sinology (theology that is focused on sin) and theology that abides in God’s Word. Concluding that when we choose to have theology that abides in God’s Word we amplify who he is.
“Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.” Similarly, good theology must exist, not only because bad theology needs to be answered, but also because good theology ensures that we are indeed worshiping God “in spirit and in truth,” and that we “know Christ” as He would have us know Him.” – C.S. Lewis
The term theology comes from two separate words. The first being Theos, which means God in the Greek. The second word “ology” comes from the word Logos, which means word.
So it literally translates to Words about God. Your theology shapes your relationship with God. If it is bad theology then your relationship with God will have dysfunctions in it.
We spoke that the first step in good theology is to put ourselves in our place. We don’t know, we can’t save ourselves, so therefore we need an all-knowing and all-sin-forgiving God.
Two Distinct ologies
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8: 31
Again, last week we broke down some incorrect ways to view God but tonight we are going to look first at two ways in which to perceive life.
See in the very beginning God created man and they had a relationship completely void of sin.
Then, once sin came into the world man shifted their focus off God onto the sin. God actually did the same thing. However each had different reasons for it: God did it because it was the thing prevented man from being with him. Man did it because they didn’t like the outcomes of it so they tried to fix it.
Of course it worked for God. He created the solution for us to be with Him. And, at the point of salvation we see this solution and stop trying to deal with the sin and recognize that he dealt with it for us.
But then we sin and then break the line connecting us with Christ in our relationship. We in turn, start focusing on the sin again.
We form an ology about sin and then insert God into that ology.
The problem is that God said he took care of the sin 2000 years ago.
Sinology – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
And this is what verse 34 is talking about. 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.
That word “practice” means: to make, form, or construct.
So what happens we study sin instead. We study how best to stop doing it, how we started doing it, how to cover it up, how others are going to perceive it, how we compare to others who are sinning as well. And you know the scary this is that sinology affects our theology.
We start making that our prayers, our worship focuses on the sin instead of the savior.
So guess what, we become slave to it.
Our vernacular changes from “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me”. To “can he save a wretch like me”, or to “why did he save a wretch like me”.
We then are impacted by sin and then try to process who God is in the middle of all of that. God didn’t come to die so we could live like this.
He said that if the son sets you free you are free indeed.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
We have been set free and are being transformed into the image of God.
But like the philosopher William Blake said, “ you are what you behold.” So this is why theology is important. You have to study the image of Christ so that your reflection is correct.
We have to be a person impacted by sin but then taking that to Christ instead of trying to deal with it ourselves.
Change of Direction – John 8:31
The first thing was to abide in the word. Which means to live in the Word. You have to immerse yourself into Christ. Why, because you will be surrounded by His image.
Now, again, if your reason for doing so is to deal with sin then you will distort that image again.
I don’t know about you but home for me is safe. It is the place I get to be simply me. Not what people want or need me to be but me.
That is how I am to approach being in the Word. Come as I am and see God for all that He is. I am not going to him to get fixed, although that will happen, but I am going to Him because He is God and I am not.
I am going to him to know the truth, which means this: what is complete and settled.
What things are complete and settled: My salvation that is found in Him. That sets me free.
Theology – Jeremiah 9:23-24
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 8:1 “that knowledge puffs up but Love builds up.”
He is echoing what Jeremiah is saying here. Your theology can not consist of things that inflate you. But instead they need to be thoughts of things that amplify.
See you inflate something you distort the image. Think of a ballon what ever the image you had before you inflated it will be different once its blown up.
Being built up means to amplify. Which takes the image that once was small and then magnify it doesn’t distort it just get’s larger.
Theology amplifies who God is.
Jeremiah goes on to say let no the mighty man boast of his might. Why, because it decreases over time. You just aren’t strong enough.
You didn’t save yourself and you can’t fix yourself. Zachariah 4:6 says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit says the Lord.”
God is the only reason we are able to do what we do.
Theology focuses our efforts. It puts our spiritual disciplines in the right place.