Alright, theological types, here’s a post for you. We’ve started our second theology unit this semester – Doctrine of God and the work of Christ, catchy, eh? Anyway, lecture one, we get introduced to the whole idea of the economy and essence of God. I’d heard it before but I’m looking forward to the opportunity to explore it further.
Here’s my paraphrase of the key terms:
- Economy of God – what God has revealed about himself to us
- Essence of God – how God actually is, including what hasn’t been revealed because we, being finite, can’t understand it
Now, last semester we looked at revelation and as part of that I looked at how language is an appropriate tool to use to speak about God. Now I ask, what it is we can say about God:
- Can God be different in economy from how he is in essence?
- Is it impertinent to try to work out what God’s essence is, given that it is unrevealed and the secret things belong to God?
- Why would it be necessary to try to work out what God’s essence is?
- If the essence of God is by definition not revealed, isn’t anything we do know about God just an extension of economy?
Go on, tell me what you think. I know you want to! And seriously, I’d love to hear how you’ve resolved these issues. And also, what Bible passages you reckon help us out on this.
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.