Christ: the Center of Life
Restoration Theology
by Donnie L. DeBord
7M ago
Despite humanity’s cosmic treason and divine curse, God promised the Savior. The seed of woman would crush the Serpent’s head (Gen 3:15). Humanity hoped for and searched for their coming Savior. “As Eve did at the birth of Cain (Gen. 4:1), so Lamech saw in Noah a man whom the Lord had given him and would give him relief from the work and toil of his hands (Gen. 5:29). After the flood Canaan was indeed cursed, but Shem was blessed, and this blessing was also extended to Japheth (Gen. 9:25–27).”[1] Hope remained, but no one rose to the occasion. Moses, Joshua, and David all fell short. Solomon’s ..read more
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Participate In God?
Restoration Theology
by Donnie L. DeBord
8M ago
I remember when Super Mario first came out. Nintendo had this great game design which so many almost immediately loved to play. But Mario didn’t have his own existence. Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool only “existed” because they were designed by Nintendo and actualized by electricity in my living room. Apart from higher beings, there could be no Mario. Similarly, apart from God there can be no creation. God has been recognized as the timeless Creator who is necessary for creation to exist (see the Kalam Cosmological Argument). Just as Mario only exists because people willed him to exist ..read more
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God Shapes Without Being Shaped
Restoration Theology
by Donnie L. DeBord
10M ago
God is the first cause. We find this claim in Genesis 1:1–there was only God and then God created everything that has been created. Paul said, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him” (Col. 1:16). We know that an uncaused first cause is a logical necessity. This truth is what substantiates the Kalaam cosmological argument—God is the necessary uncaused Cause. Furthermore, we know there cannot be an infinite series of regress since there must ..read more
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There is One God and God is One
Restoration Theology
by Donnie L. DeBord
10M ago
            “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” (Deut. 6:4). Stephen Charnock wrote, “Where there is the greatest unity, there must be greatest simplicity; but God is one. As he is free from any change, so he is void of any multitude.”[1] Being pure spirit (Jn. 4:24), God is not composed of body or parts. Being outside of time, (Gen. 1:1; 1 Tim. 1:17), unchangeable (Js. 1:17) and the fulness of joy (Ps. 16:11), God has no changing will or emotions (Num 23:19; Mal. 3:6). God is not composed of anything—all that is in God ..read more
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Blessed Trinity
Restoration Theology
by Donnie L. DeBord
10M ago
Blessedness requires “(1) the absence of all evil, (2) the possession and presence of all good in the highest good, and also (3) the enjoyment of it, that is, the sense of it and a repose and joy in it.”[1] However, in God these attributes exist perfectly. Divine blessedness, according to van Mastricht, involves: the absence of all evil and imperfection, for he is the light in which there is no darkness (1 John 1:5), as well as the perfect enjoyment of his own self, from which there is said to be fullness of joys with his face (Ps. 16:11). In it is contained not only an exact knowledge of his ..read more
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Who Am I Meant to Be? Exploring Different Paths to Self-Discovery
Restoration Theology
by Donnie L. DeBord
10M ago
“Who am I?” It’s a question that has perplexed philosophers, poets and every introspective teenager. Our sense of identity shapes everything from our friendships to our career paths. But finding true self-understanding can be a winding road full of twists, turns and unexpected detours. Will looking inward provide the answers? Or by gazing upward to God? Today, we expect individuals to seek out new experiences and express themselves in many different ways so that they might discover who they are—what makes them feel that they are the best version of themselves. Is this unrestrained exploration ..read more
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The Depravation of Good Meets the Overflowing of Goodness
Restoration Theology
by Donnie L. DeBord
10M ago
Does this sound familiar? “Man is good; his heart is uncorrupted. The evil lies in the circumstances, in the environment, in the society in which man is born and reared. Take these circumstances away, reform society—introduce, for example, the equal distribution of goods to all men—and man will naturally be good. There will be no more reason for him to do evil.”[1] Well, why doesn’t it work? Or why hasn’t it worked yet? There must be something else wrong. There is some other source of all our problems beyond what economics and/or therapy can heal.        &nbs ..read more
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Did God Really Learn What Abraham Would Do?
Restoration Theology
by Donnie L. DeBord
11M ago
How does God know? What does God know? These questions are uniquely difficult as we cannot possibly begin to understand how God understands apart from what God has revealed to us. The majority of Christian theologians have agreed God has perfect knowledge of all things in creation including past, present, and future. Apparent appearances of “ignorance” or lack of knowledge of God in Scripture was assumed to be nothing more than anthropomorphic language. So, despite God saying “now I know,” God actually knew what Abraham would do before he allowed Abraham to begin the sacrificial offering of h ..read more
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Does “Become” in John 1:14 Mean the Eternal Word Became Other than He Was?
Restoration Theology
by Donnie L. DeBord
11M ago
John 1:14 teaches “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This is shocking news because the Word is said to share in the divine nature–he eternally “was” whatever God is (Jn 1:1). However, some today believe the Son of God changed or metamorphosed into a human at the incarnation. This doctrine of the incarnation is popular, but it is also closer to Apollinarianism than historic Christianity. The solution may seem difficult, but you already know the key–Jesus was both true God and true man. Two Distinct Views of God’s Nature: Classical Theism and Theistic Mutualism It is important also to n ..read more
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Some Notes On What God Knows and Why It Matters
Restoration Theology
by Donnie L. DeBord
1y ago
Omniscience as God’s Perfect and Infinite Nature As Creator all knowledge of creation would follow from God. There would be nothing which originated outside of God else there would be another eternal causeless cause. Michael Horton said, “It is impossible for God not to know everything comprehensively. Given his eternality, he knows the end from the beginning in one simultaneous act. God knows all things because he has decreed the end from the beginning and “works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph 1:11). This knowledge is inseparable from God’s wisdom (Ro 8:28; 11:33; 14:7 ..read more
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