IN THIS ISSUE
"IN SEASON, OUT OF SEASON ..."
With the completion of Issue 20 of Grace & Knowledge, our website now includes over 600 pages of material. Articles are arranged chronologically in Issues 1-20, and we also have compiled some topical listings of articles. The longest such listing provides links to a number of articles on subjects related to the annual biblical festival days.
There a couple of reasons why we have had so much to say
about the festivals of
We eventually left WCG, but we are still convinced of the
value of a Hebraic worship calendar for Christians. Key themes of salvation
history and Christian theology are intimately connected to the festivals of
Issue 20 features two new festival-related articles. One of them deals with the Pentecost sermon recorded in Acts 2, in which the apostle Peter proclaimed that it was the risen Christ who had sent the Holy Spirit that day. What was the scriptural basis for Peter's statement, and what are its christological implications? Our exploration of these questions begins on page 2.
A second article explores the possible typological meaning
of the two goats
that were a key part of the Day of Atonement liturgy at the Tabernacle and
Our article on the goats illustrates another recurring theme in the pages of Grace & Knowledge-the value of learning from history. This emphasis also stems in part from our experiences in the Worldwide Church of God, whose ignorance and misunderstanding of Judeo-Christian history and theology led to a great deal of error and confusion.
One particular area of confusion was the nature of God, a technical subject that the WCG lacked the theological expertise to grasp or explain properly. Thankfully, WCG leaders eventually realized the problem and were willing to gain the training needed to correct their errors. The ninth installment of our series on the Apostles' Creed discusses the personality of the Holy Spirit and the doctrine of the Trinity and describes the process by which the WCG came to accept these biblically-based teachings of orthodox Christianity.
For Christians who are learning about the Hebraic roots of their faith and come to see the negative consequences of Christianity's separation from those roots, there is often a strong temptation to cast aside the heritage of historic Christianity and try to "start from scratch." The WCG's experience provides an object lesson about the pitfalls of such an approach. Those who fail to learn from Christian history often end up recycling old heresies.
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