Book Review part 1 of Dan Lioy’s “Jesus as Torah in John 1-12”

Posted: December 5, 2007 by Rick Hogaboam in Biblical Studies, Book Reviews, Christology, Theology
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Book Review Part 1 (covering chp. 1, “The Framework and Intent of This Study”)

Dr. Lioy first contends that there exists prevailing moral frameworks, namely those of “entitlement” and “merit”. Quoting, “Both a culture of entitlement (“it’s all about me”) and a culture of merit (“you only get what you earn”) embody a religion of self in which people believe they are the measure of all things” (p. 3)

Sadly, I would have to admit that such paradigms exist within Evangelicalism. Lioy notes the existence of such as well, whether it be the contemporary fascination with being in God’s blessing and living a happy life, or earning God’s favor through strict aestheticism and legalism. Both paradigms are self-centered. One feels obligated to God’s blessing, while another seeks to earn God’s blessing. Both make much of self.

Lioy suggests that a better alternative is “humility”, a simple acknowledgment of our subordinate role in God’s purposes. This definitely contrasts the triumphalism and entitlement mentality found in the “word of faith” movement, that views God as a vending machine that drops blessings at our command. Humility also contrasts the wicked pride that grows in one who, by legalism, thinks himself more worthy than others…thus boasting in ones works as the deciding factor in God’s disposition towards us.

I hate the piety that flows from these two negative paradigms. Both understand the Gospel as God making much of us, when the glorious Gospel is really us being able to make much of Him in sheer delight and ever-increasing joy.

The superiority of Jesus is noted by Lioy, “During his lifetime, Moses beheld God’s glory, especially in the giving of the law at Sinai. The Messiah’s followers see an even greater manifestation of God’s glory in Jesus as Torah (1:14). Beginning with John the Baptizer, they bear witness to the Son in a way that mirrors the testimony Moses gave to the law (1:6–8, 15)” (p. 12)

Lioy goes on to contend that Jesus is the embodiment of the Father’s glory, the living breathing Torah, the purset manifestation of God’s word and truth. Our relationship with God and piety should be marked by humble submission to all that Jesus is, even if it be foolish in the world’s eyes.

Stay tuned for further reviews of this book chapter by chapter.

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