33 “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
Paul here, after discussing the sovereignty of God in spite of the rebellion of Israel, speaks of the incomprehensibility of God. This is not the only time he has done this in the epistle to Rome (c.f Romans 9:19-20).
But what of the Fristian who holds to this letter? Even though Paul might reject what he’s saying, wouldn’t Paul be begging the question?
1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. (Colossians 2:1-3)
Presented here is the application of Paul’s doctrine of Christ, and the nature of wisdom. Paul naturally begins the application of the doctrine after spelling out just who Christ is (c.f. Col 1:15-18). However, we must not let Paul make too strong of a metaphysical claim. Just because It is indeed true that all of wisdom and knowledge are deposited in Christ, in whom we have those benefits through Spirit-wrought union, however we must place that aside, given the possibility of a plausible argument from a position that opposes the doctrine set forth. For instance the Fristian, who accepts the book of Colossians, may say that he too believes this, and that Paul, and the Christians that follow, are begging the question in attempting to apply this principle of thinking against him. For the Fristian can just mirror these objections insofar as it suits him to do so. Paul may call it a delusion, but we would call his doctrine a delusion.
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