Friday, April 28, 2017

J. Warner Wallace on Seeking Understanding as Worship

"Interestingly, when Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, He altered the Old Testament reference found in Deuteronomy:

'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.'

All the gospel authors agree that Jesus used the word 'mind' in His summary of this Old Testament verse (instead of the word 'might').  The Greek word used by the authors is dianoia (Matt. 22:37): a word used to describe our 'minds,' our 'understanding,' or our 'intelligence.'

Here in Matthew's gospel, the word is used to describe the 'place where thinking occurs.'  Jesus's intentional word exchange raises the bar for us as Christians.  We are not only to love God with all our heart, soul, and might, but we are also commanded to us our mind and our intelligence to understand the truth of Christianity  This effort is an act of worship."1

You can learn about Jim's new book Forensic Faith here.

Order your copy here.

Our review is forthcoming...

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. J. Warner Wallace, Forensic Faith, p. 34.   

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