Man’s Creatureliness

Is 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
 
 
When Moses asked God His name (Exodus 3:13-14), Moses was asking God to define and limit Himself, but as God is He who is the one who defines and is defined by nothing or no one God responded to Moses by merely saying “I am who I am.” This answer communicated that God, being the Creator, could not be contained in the definitional categories of the creature.  
 
 
 
When man insists that he is like God inasmuch as he can’t be defined man is seeking to en-god himself and de-god God. We see this when man seeks to strip himself of all the definition which God has assigned to man. For example, when man insists that his gender, race, ethnicity, or genetics are irrelevant man has denied God’s definitional categories in favor of his own definitional categories and by doing so has resolved to be the Most High. 
 
 
 
Man’s desire is to be his own “I Am,” and when he reaches to be his own “I am” man destroys himself since for man to reach beyond his limits to be other than who he has been created to be is self-abnegating. It is akin to the goldfish finally achieving his goal to transcend his fishbowl. The success of such transcendence is the goldfish’s destruction.

What we learn from this is that man loses his manishness when he seeks to ascend to the most high. We also learn that God the creator will forever be beyond the creature’s ability to define or delimit God exhaustively.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

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